Do 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?