I figured it would the Undead Concerned Christian Tory Viewers Society or similar; but now it seems that the push is coming from tabloid newspapers which have made good livings from sex scandals and pictures of bethonged celebrities' girlfriends.
I'm against gratuitous swearing - but no swearing at all ?
Scott Adams, the creator of the "Dilbert" cartoons once extracted the basic elements of comedy :-
The usually excellent Emily Maitlis on the usually excellent "Newsnight" programme took one of my favourite jokes of the last year and used it to beat up on a BBC representative as an example of how offensive comedy on the BBC had become.
I would contend on the contrary that this particular joke should be handed down through generations of comedians to show them what a well-constructed joke looks like. It should be ruthlessly compared and contrasted with the inarticulate dung-chucking in which Brand and Ross indulged. I'm disappointed that Emily Maitlis would pretend not to understand the difference.
Frankie Boyle's joke was on "Mock the Week" and if you missed it, it is currently available on YouTube here.
Here are the points I would make about it (no, I'm not going to repeat it):-
- He said "Pussy" and not one of the more usual stronger, meaner words for the same thing, and that made it all the funnier.
- He said it was "haunted" which is a bizarre notion and infinitely preferable to any other descriptions involving death, decay and dessication.
- It was a clever, bizarre, admittedly cruel, naughty joke delivered by a cheeky chappie at the height of his powers.
- It absolutely slayed the audience and his fellow comedians and me at home. You can forgive a lot when a joke just "works".
Vote Frankie Boyle.