Nigel Farage wants to censor satire – or does he simply have no sense of humour?

What a drip: But why is Nigel so glum? The only person harmed by this milkshake attack was his tailor.

Who’d have thought Nigel Farage was such a fragile little snowflake?

First he took offence at Jo Brand’s joke that a milkshake was too mild a liquid to throw over him and that it should have been battery acid.

Now he has attacked Channel 4 for screening a satire in which a character called “Neil Fromage”, who makes an anti-immigrant speech, gets shot in the head.

It’s possible he is still sore at the TV station for its recent docudrama about the 2016 EU referendum, which did not portray the Leave campaign in a flattering light.

I’m reminded of a routine by the late comic Bill Hicks, who said that not only would the United States be run better if the Senate and the House of Representatives were filled by people off the streets rather than politicians, but that the politicians should be marched into a TV studio and shot, live on air, as a lesson to others not to follow their example.

He added that this was just a joke and – as he was saying this in the early 1990s – nobody took offence.

In fact, it occurs to This Writer that the only people who would demand the censorship of such commentary on the behaviour of politicians are people with a vested interest in silencing others.

And, as the current saying goes, the optics on that are terrible.

For clarity: Nobody is suggesting that Mr Farage should actually be shot in the head. The worst one could infer is that anti-immigrant rhetoric is divisive and breeds hatred.

My personal opinion, as someone who has been a comedy consumer for nearly half a century and an observer of politics and human behaviour for a slightly shorter period, is that shows like Year of the Rabbit are more likely to dissuade people from harming others.

Mr Farage – poor little snowflake that he is – should be grateful.

Nigel Farage has spoken out against Channel 4 for a “totally sick” scene in the comedy Year of The Rabbit that shows a right-wing campaigner named Neil Fromage being shot in the head.

The Brexit party leader called the moment in the Matt Berry-starring spoof show, in which the character of Fromage is killed while giving an anti-immigration speech, “totally sick and frankly irresponsible”.

Speaking to the Daily Star on Sunday, Farage went on to attack the network: “With Channel 4, we have reached a point where they are so partisan politically in everything they do that they now consistently go beyond what’s acceptable.”

In the assassination scene, Fromage takes to a soapbox and says: “Immigrants infest this city they do … like a cancer. And if they take over, you can be sure of one thing.” “Far better restaurants?” a character in the crowd interjects. “Blood, blood, blood.”

A spokesperson for Channel 4 said: “Year of the Rabbit is a purposefully outrageous and heightened comedy set in Victorian-era London featuring exaggerated and ridiculous fictional characters and in this context it is clear to viewers that the actions of these characters – be they grave robbers, murderous historical preservation enthusiasts or serial killer politicians – are preposterous and not to be taken seriously.”

Source: Nigel Farage furious at TV show assassinating ‘Neil Fromage’ – The Guardian

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8 thoughts on “Nigel Farage wants to censor satire – or does he simply have no sense of humour?

  1. aunty1960

    Throwing Acid in the face is real. and a very real and common way of punishing women. As is bleach or pouring the chip pan full of hot fat over mothers and wives in front of children, and police and comedians and left and right rich and poor males fully agree. It is a terror every day for us. and a reality

    Shooting people because what they say is also a No1 way of dealing with things and quite common.

    There is no difference between right and left. And the enjoyment if it is the other who is attacked and harmed.

    Like spiteful children true nature comes out.

    Jo Brand is Not Funny. Cakes, Fat and Not Funny anti male jokes.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      Those things are NOT everyday occurrences and I would fear for the sanity of someone who thought they were.

      1. Tom Graham

        This sort of sketch gradually normalised extreme behaviour. I don’t think murder should ever be portrayed as a solution to a problem. Our country is unfortunately being Americanised and this sort of behaviour is evidence of that. If a politician, or other person, is out of order then they should be lampooned and criticised to demonstrate the error of their ways not murdered.

      2. Mike Sivier Post author

        So you agree there is nothing wrong with the TV show, then – it was lampooning a public figure, not murdering him.

  2. Angeline Holmes

    If he feels so strongly, he should bring a defamation suit. Something tells me he won’t as C4 know full well what they can and cannot show under our defamation laws.

  3. Angeline Holmes

    If he feels so strongly about this, he should bring a defamation suit. Something tells me he won’t as C4 will be well aware of what they can show/publish in accordance with our defamation laws.

  4. nmac064

    Farage and all right wingers can liberally dish out sneering insults, but they can’t take it when the satire is aimed at them and they quickly get very nasty.

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