Jo Brand sparks outrage over comments on ‘throwing battery acid at politicians’ on Radio 4

Brand was speaking to Victoria Coren-Mitchell and was asked her opinion on the current state of division in the United Kingdom following on from the Brexit vote. 

The 61-year-old made her feelings very clear and began by going on a rant on BBC Radio 4’s Heresy. 

She said: “I would say that but that is because certain unpleasant characters are being thrown to the fore. And they are very very easy to hate. 

“I am kind of thinking, why bother with a milkshake, when you could get some battery acid? That’s just me, sorry.”

Brand clarified: “I’m not gonna do it, it’s purely a fantasy, but I think milkshakes are pathetic, I honestly do. Sorry.”

The recording was followed by some shocked laughter before Coren-Mitchell continued with the rest of the show. 

Nevertheless, viewers were outraged over the comments and flicked to social media to share their thoughts. 

One said: “Joking or not…a shocking thing to say.”

A second added: “I f***ing hate political correctness. But whatever side you stand on, Remain/Leave whatever you believe politically. Let’s not talk, even in jest, about throwing acid on people. Jo Brand.”

A third commented: “Did anyone else hear Jo Brand on Radio 4 saying she would prefer to throw battery acid than milkshake over people – very irresponsible.”

Coren-Mitchell has been quick to defend the snippet which has been circulating on Twitter, sharing: “Beware the clip going round that deliberately cuts off the part where Jo openly spells out that she’s joking and doesn’t mean it. Here is the whole programme (with the jokes, the context, and our moral which is all about being kind to each other).”

Brexit Party politician, Nigel Farage, has weighed into the debate, after previously fallen victim to having milkshake thrown over him. 

He told Guido Fawkes: “This is incitement of violence and the police need to act.”

Some have been quick to defend Brand and her style of comedy, with fellow funny-man Lee Hurst sharing: “Jo Brand is a comedian. She has made a joke. You may not find it funny or you may find it funny. Comedy is subjective. 

“If you criticise her because you like her target, but defend other jokes of a similar nature against targets you don’t like you are a hypocrite.”

Another added: “I’d say this needs further retweeting, but if you don’t realise Jo Brand is joking you need to give your head a shake. If you’re bothered by her joke, I wonder what you might think of Nigel Farage saying he’ll pick up a rifle. He wasn’t joking. That’s inciting violence surely?”

Express.co.uk has contacted a representative of Jo Brand for comment. 

A BBC spokesperson said: “Heresy is a long-running comedy programme where, as the title implies and as our listeners know, panellists often say things which are deliberately provocative and go against societal norms but are not intended to be taken seriously.”

A recent trend has been following politicians and political figures while they have been out and about – milkshake throwing. 

Farage has fallen victim to such incident as well as Tommy Robinson who was “milkshaked” earlier in the year. 

Throwing a milkshake is not really yet a criminal offence and is classed as an extreme act of ‘political protest’. 

Throwing acid can carry a life sentence in prison.

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