Jo Brand will NOT face police action after she sparked fury with her ‘joke’ about throwing battery acid at politicians
- Police said the referral had been considered and no action would be taken
- Brand has since apologised for the comments which were made on Tuesday
- The BBC later censored the comment in a later broadcast of the show
- David Badiel said the company had probably done it ‘not to cause trouble’
Jo Brand will not face police action following her controversial battery acid joke on a BBC radio programme.
The news comes as comedian David Baddiel labelled the BBC ‘cowardly’ after the organisation censored the joke.
Brand, 61, has since apologised for the comments which were made Tuesday on the Radio 4 Heresy show.
She said they were ‘crass and ill-judged’ after she replied to a question about the state of UK politics, by saying politicians were ‘easy to hate’.
Jo Brand (pictured yesterday) will face no police action following the comments she made on Tuesday
Comedian David Baddiel (pictured above) said the BBC probably didn’t want to cause trouble by editing out the remark from later broadcasts
‘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.’
Earlier today the police released a statement to concur they would be taking no further action against the comic.
The force stated: ‘Police received an allegation of incitement to violence on 13 June, relating to comments made on a radio programme. The referral has been considered by the MPS and no further police action will be taken in relation to this allegation.’
This is while Baddiel, 55, who originally created Heresy said the BBC had been wrong to edit it out of a repeat of the programme and told Newsnight he thought the corporation was trying ‘not to cause trouble’.
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.’
The BBC said it regretted any offence caused by the radio programme, which was never intended ‘to encourage or condone violence’.
The corporation said comedy would ‘always push boundaries’, but added that it would edit the Heresy programme, which is hosted by Victoria Coren Mitchell.
On Wednesday, Mr Farage, who had a milkshake thrown at him while campaigning in Newcastle, accused Brand of inciting violence, although he did not say who against.
Commenting again on Twitter, he said: ‘I am sick to death of overpaid, left-wing, so-called comedians on the BBC who think their view is morally superior.
‘Can you imagine the reaction if I had said the same thing as Jo Brand?’
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