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Frankie Boyle targets Jordan's disabled son
Friday 10 December 2010
Katie Price reacts to comedian's 'vile' jokes
Media watchdog Ofcom is to investigate the content of Frankie Boyle's Channel 4 show, after receiving complaints from members of the public and a letter from Katie Price's lawyers.
The model and reality TV star (also known as 'Jordan') instructed her lawyers to make the complaint following jokes Frankie Boyle made about her disabled son, Harvey.
During his Channel 4 show 'Tramadol Nights', the comedian's comments included: "Jordan and Peter Andre are still fighting each other over custody of Harvey. Eventually one will lose and will have to keep him."
He went on to say that he had a theory about why Price had married cage fighter Alex Reid, before delivering a highly offensive punchline about Harvey.
Eight-year-old Harvey Price is autistic and has septo-optic dysplasia. Price and her ex-husband, Peter Andre, have said that they are "absolutely disgusted and sickened" by the joke.
In a statement on her website, Price said: "Harvey Price is a little miracle. Every day he overcomes so many difficulties with the help of family and medical experts and has so many tiny battles to win... To bully this unbelievably brave child is despicable, to broadcast it on television is to show a complete and utter lack of judgment."
Esther Foreman, Mencap's campaigns manager, said: "It is disgusting that Frankie Boyle has chosen to target a child with a disability with these so-called jokes. Ignorant views like this help to fuel the verbal and physical abuse that people with a disability, and their families, are regularly subjected to. 'Comedy' like this takes us back to the dark ages."
Channel 4 has said the joke was during the context of a late-night comedy show and an 'absurdist and satirical comment' on a high-profile individual.
Ofcom's investigation will look at whether the jokes breached the broadcasting code on harmful and/or offensive material and whether any offence that was caused to viewers is justified by the context.
Earlier this year, the learning disability community reacted angrily after Boyle mocked people with Down's syndrome in a live show.
Read opinion and comment about Frankie Boyle's jokes on Mencap's Talk Learning Disability website
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