Jo Brand will not face police action over a comment she made on the radio about throwing battery acid over politicians, even though Scotland Yard were considering an allegation of incitement to violence.
Jo Brand made the remarks on Radio 4 programme Heresy and has since apologised, describing her remarks as crass and ill-judged, but her comments sparked an objection with Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage amongst the critics, and the Met said it was assessing them following an allegation of incitement to violence.
The force said that police received an allegation of incitement to violence on 13 June 2019, relating to remarks made on a radio programme, but now the referral has been viewed by the MPS and no more police action is going to be taken in connection to the allegation.
In response to a question about the state of UK politics, Brand had said: “Well, yes, I would say that but that’s because 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?’
“That’s just me. I’m not going to do it, it’s purely a fantasy, but I think milkshakes are pathetic, I honestly do, sorry.”
Comedian David Baddiel, who created Heresy, stated the BBC was wrong to edit the joke out of a repeat of the programme, and speaking to Newsnight, he said: “I don’t think I would have nipped it out. Morally wrong? I’m not sure. I think they’re just trying not to cause trouble.
“The BBC are still to some extent the aunty of the nation and they don’t like trouble. Even though they did commission a show, Heresy, that was designed to push the boundaries of what people might think and say.
“If it was up to me, I would have kept that line in for the repeat. Apart from anything, it’s a bit silly when it’s had massive coverage to cut it out – that looks a bit cowardly.”
Jo Brand has since atoned for the joke, calling it “crass and ill-judged”, and the BBC said it regretted any offence caused by the radio programme, which was never intended to encourage or condone violence.
But tell me one joke that doesn’t offend someone? We’re a politically correct world gone wrong, and there doesn’t appear to be any escape, and our leaders don’t seem to be giving us any hope.
But her comment really was no laughing matter if you consider those unfortunate people who were victims of acid attacks, and Danny Baker got fired over a royal baby remark, so should Jo Brand get fired too?
The problem is, comedy is a pretty questionable arena, where some remarks can be taken the wrong way when it’s merely comedy and nothing more, and if you listened to her comment, she never specified anyone in particular. After all, Katie Hopkins has said much worse in the past and got away with it.
Jo Brand is a comedienne, it was a joke, the apology is in the title of her job, and we shouldn’t be upset by her comments, but we should be offended by the lies told by politicians about money and the unfair distribution of benefits and how the poorer members of our society are penalised, time and time again.
And if there are people out there that believe that Jo Brand’s comment was offensive, then perhaps the BBC should ban stabbings, rape, paedophilia, prostitution and drug taking in the soaps on TV because that could actually incite violence and other unlawful things, as well as upsetting those who have suffered from them.
We hear anecdotes about all members of society, from disabled people to your mother in law and nobody actually complains about that, and it might have been bad timing, but anyone with a grain of sense should have known that it was a joke on a comedy show, even it if was a tad close to the mark.
The fact that they’re targetting satire now is a bit extreme, don’t anybody leave their homes because you might get arrested for saying something witty and then it gets distorted in our politically correct society, and do we now have a judge of comedy?
I guess you could say that because she commented, even though it was a joke, that some idiot out there might carry out her remarks, now that she’s put it out there, but if this is the case perhaps Horror movies shouldn’t be put on TV because someone out there might go on a rampage and start killing everyone.
At the end of the day television influences most people that watch it, but it doesn’t mean that someone who watches “This is England” would carry out racism or when an advert comes on the TV about Mars Bars that someone would instantly run out and buy one.
However, Jo Brand is an ex-mental health nurse, so you would expect her to realise that there are vulnerable and unstable people out there who may now see this as acceptable behaviour. It’s not a question of idiots and ignorance or how low one’s IQ is, you would have expected Jo Brand to have some perception and consideration of this, even if some others don’t.