‘Incitement of violence’: Farage blasts comedian after joke about battery acid ‘fantasy’
Nigel Farage has called on the police “to act” after it emerged that British comedian Jo Brand called the spate of milkshake attacks on politicians “pathetic” and joked that her “fantasy” was to see battery acid thrown instead.
Farage, the leader of the Brexit Party and himself the victim of a milkshake dousing in recent weeks, labelled Brand’s comments, made during BBC Radio 4’s Heresy show on Tuesday, as an “incitement of violence.”
This is incitement of violence and the police need to act. https://t.co/j3F0jsKGBZ— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) June 12, 2019
In response to a question about the “terrible” state of British politics, Brand, known for her dry, if acerbic sense of humor, bemoaned the protesters’ choice of weapons – the milkshake.
Certain unpleasant characters are being thrown to the fore, and they’re very, very easy to hate, and I’m kind of thinking, why bother with a milkshake when you could get some battery acid?
“Why bother with a milkshake, when you could get some battery acid.”Comedian Jo Brand has caused a stir after weighing in on the recent trend of ‘milkshaking’ right-wing figureheads. The comments were made on BBC Radio 4. pic.twitter.com/uroxWbVF8d— RT UK (@RTUKnews) June 12, 2019
Brand went on to insist that she wouldn’t carry out such an attack, because “it’s purely a fantasy,” but thinks “milkshakes are pathetic.”
Many on social media accused Farage of being a “hypocrite,” accusing him of having incited violence during the 2016 EU referendum and branding him a “snowflake” for not seeing Brand’s comments were merely a “joke.”
Spare me the mock offence, Nigel. A few hours after you unveiled this disgraceful Nazi-inspired poster designed to demonise and blame immigrants for all the ills of society, an anti-immigrant neo-Nazi murdered Jo Cox. You have blood on your hands. pic.twitter.com/I1bm1qwevS— Chuka Umunna's Flip Flops (@WarmongerHodges) June 12, 2019
Free speech. It’s just a joke. A figure of speech. Don’t be such a snowflake.— Ellie Mellor (@EllieMellie1) June 12, 2019
The milkshake protest started with Tommy Robinson, real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, who was targeted with a McDonald’s shake in Warrington earlier in the year. The footage quickly went viral. Robinson’s second dairy attack came soon after that, during a visit to Manchester while on the campaign trail.
UKIP EU parliamentary candidate Carl Benjamin, who has caused controversy with his rape “joke” about a female Labour MP, had a milkshake hurled at him while canvassing for support in Truro, Cornwall.Also on rt.com ‘Disgusting behaviour’: Farage decries latest ‘milkshaking’ attack on elderly army veteran
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