British show under fire for off-color jokes

ButlerDo not joke about Queen Elizabeth II or Gerard Butler in Britain.

Channel 4 has realized that the hard way, as the 'Big Fat Quiz of the Year' is in a bit of a pickle as viewers have complained about jokes about those two famous people.

The show had more than 160 complaints about jokes against the royal family, Butler, singer Susan Boyle and sprinter Usain Bolt. The show, hostd by comedian Jimmy Carr, is an annual event in Britain and provides a satirical look back on the year that has just ended.

The Daily Mail in particular criticized the show, using the headline "Channel 4 and the sick show they call comedy." 

Comedian Jack Whitehall joked about the queen's behavior at the diamond jubilee celebration, saying that, "[she] didn't sit down for the entirety of that thing, and people were talking about that. It was the day after the night of her anniversary, and Prince Philip woke up with a urinary infection...I'm just saying what everyone's thinking, people."

Whitehall's Butler comments that got him in criticized were that, "He's got a beautiful voice. It's like someone holding your head down and making love to your ear with a condom made of velvet."

Are people overreacting? 

- Channel 4
- Big Fat Quiz of the Year

Written by: Hamatosan
Jan 2nd, 2013, 10:32 am


Message Posted On Jan 7th, 2013, 1:49 pm
The Queen is nothing but a low down scrounging self centered Bitch,, cant wait till someone out there designes toilet paper with her head on it so every time i take a dump i can wipe my arse on her face , .

Message Posted On Jan 4th, 2013, 5:46 pm
Just a UK tabloid newspaper trying to make a big scandal out of nothing to sell some more copies. No one in the UK is buying into it.

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Message Posted On Jan 2nd, 2013, 8:57 pm

I swear, Brits treat the royal family like they're fucking deities. Not all, but certainly the media are the prime culprits for propagating the perception that they aren't human like the rest of us. I abhor that attitude. It's the same reason why no one will take the Catholic Church to task for all their bullshit - because I'm supposed to respect them because they're elevated above the rest of us. It's idolatry and there's no room for that in a sane society. If you're going to get in a huff about something, it should at least involve actual victims, not some puffed up, better-than-thou lot who got lucky by being born into a certain bloodline.


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Message Posted On Jan 2nd, 2013, 7:11 pm

The Queen doesn't "deserve" anything. This sounds like a big deal about nothing.


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Message Posted On Jan 2nd, 2013, 4:55 pm

I can see why people are complaining about what was said about the was in *very* poor taste and, even though the Monarchy isn't what it once was, the Queen deserves to be treated with respect and reverence.  But the others?  Pfft.  They aren't anything special, so they aren't off-limits for jokes...after all, the late-night talk show hosts make fun of celebrities like those listed all the time.  Unless it was the *content* of the jokes that is what was being complained about.  Satire is one thing, but rudeness and crudeness isn't necessary.


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