I know I’m a little late to the party, but it’s been a busy week….
So Frankie Boyle was back in the headlines again after taking the piss out of a disabled child, namely Katie Price’s son Harvey. Well that’s comedy at it’s most cutting edge isn’t it? Look for the easiest and most vulnerable target, aim and fire. I couldn’t give a toss if Boyle wants to take the piss out Katie Price, she relentlessly volunteers for it with her endless posturing and parading of her private life in front of the cameras.
However, Harvey Price is never going to have an especially high quality of life, he’ll never be in a position to tell Frankie Boyle to fuck off or to answer for himself; he’ll never even be aware that he’s the butt of a crap joke. Would Boyle have made similar gags based on Harvey’s race? No, he wouldn’t dare; he would be lynched and rightly so; but regrettably, taking the piss out of disability is still viewed as acceptable by some. Well educated people who would never laugh at gags about sexuality or race still have a guilty giggle when the topic is disability, it’s not PC, and you know you shouldn’t laugh but you can’t help it…..
I have joked about my disability and laughed when others have made decent digs or quips, but Boyle hasn’t done that, he’s just poked fun at an eight year old boy with severe physical and mental disabilities which will have a detrimental affect on the rest his life. He’ll never be able to live independently, drive fast cars, be an astronaut nor build a career as a third rate comic.
My response is not based upon a sense of humour failure, I’m from a large Irish family, believe me, I have a very well developed and acerbic sense of humour. As most disabled people will agree, we have a darker sense of humour than most; we need it to get through life. If you can’t laugh at some of the crazy shit life throws at you when you have a disability, you’re going to fall at a number of hurdles.
I used to find Boyle funny but have now decided to stop watching him, if disability shtick is going to be his “thing” because it’s lazy, controversial and guarantees him publicity then he can revel in being the playground bully. Until we have comedians or entertainers with disabilities on television shows or guest appearances on comedy panel shows, we don’t have an equal platform on which to respond and give Boyle a taste of his own out of date medicine.