Developing ICT skills and networks of support.
Who finds cruel comments funny?
Posted: 5th Apr 2011
I remember first hearing what Frankie Boyle said about Katie Price’s son Harvey last year and being very shocked and thinking his comments were very cruel.
I understand that Frankie Boyle’s act is about being ‘shocking’ but I think he crossed the line into just being cruel. I really felt for Harvey because saying that about a disabled child is just unfair. What has Harvey ever done to him?
Mencap’s research into bullying found that 8 out of 10 children with a learning disability get bullied. Now Harvey Price is one of them, and he got bullied by an adult on national television. I was bullied at school because I have a learning disability and I don’t know how anyone could find that funny. Maybe bullies find it funny. I don’t know.
I praise Ofcom for finding that Channel 4 and Frankie Boyle breached the guidelines. It would be good if they apologised, but from what Channel 4 has said to the media it doesn’t look like that will happen. I am disappointed that after our ‘R-word’ campaign last year that Channel 4 is still showing programmes like this and defending themselves for doing it.
The newspapers have reported that the chief executive of Channel 4 said yes to the joke about Harvey going out on TV.
I don’t know if he knows anyone with a learning disability, but maybe if he got to know someone, he might understand why the joke was so cruel and would say no next time.
What do you think?