Jo Brand battery acid joke an ‘incitement of violence’

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Nigel Farage has called for the police to step in after comedian Jo Brand joked about throwing battery acid at right-wing politicians.

In a BBC interview she was asked about the divisions being stoked by Brexit.

She replied: “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?”

“I’m not going to do it, it’s purely a fantasy, but I think milkshakes are pathetic.”

Mr Farage said the comments were an “incitement of violence and the police need to act.”

He was hit with a milkshake by a protester during the European Parliament election last month.

Political commentator Paul Joseph Watson said there would be “breathless coverage” on the comments if Jo Brand were not a lifelong Labour supporter.

On Twitter he wrote: “Imagine if a right-winger had 'joked' about acid attacking left-wing politicians. The media would be apoplectic.”

Activist Femi Oluwole said Jo Brand’s comments were “very irresponsible”.

He wrote on Twitter: “Maybe it would have been fine pre-2016 but there are people who might take her words seriously.”

Mr Oluwole also accused Mr Farage of hypocrisy over comments he made in 2017 that he would “pick up a rifle and head for the front lines” if Brexit were not delivered.

A BBC spokesperson said panellists often say things that are “deliberately provocative” and are “not intended to be taken seriously”.

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