Tuesday 20 March 2018

BBC apologise and remove content after Tommy Tiernan's 'inappropriate' Arlene Foster joke

Funnyman Tommy Tiernan Photo: David Conachy
Funnyman Tommy Tiernan Photo: David Conachy
Comedian Tommy Tiernan on RTE's Cutting Edge
Tommy Tiernan Pic: RTE

The BBC has apologised and taken down content after Tommy Tiernan made a joke about Arlene Foster.

The Irish comedian made the remarks on Tuesday during an appearance on the Mark Patterson show on Radio Foyle.

Speaking about his "interest" in the DUP leader he said: "If she wasn't in politics I can see her working single handedly on a tiny little farm in south Fermanagh driving cattle up some country lane".

Then, apparently imitating Mrs Foster, he said:  "Go on you pups, you fenian ba****ds ye, go up you fenian...

Arlene Foster Photo: David Young/PA Wire
Arlene Foster Photo: David Young/PA Wire

"Friesian Arlene, they are called Friesian Arlene.

"I'll call them what I want," he joked.

After the interview host Patterson apologised for any offence caused and adding: "Tommy is, I suppose that kind of talent in terms of what he does."

DUP MP Gregory Campbell said that despite being someone who was "fairly well known" as engaging in humour and satire, he thought the nature of some of the language appeared to be "excessive".

Mr Campbell told the News Letter: "His humour can be quite lively if it is delivered and taken in the spirit it is intended it to be, but some of that stuff (about Arlene Foster) appears to be, in terms if the language used anyway, almost deliberately provocative to try to engender some sort of outrage. "

The BBC apologised and said the language used was "clearly inappropriate". The broadcaster has since removed the section of the programme from its catch-up services.

A spokesman added: “The language used by our guest was clearly inappropriate. We unreservedly apologise for its use and any offence caused. This section of the programme has been removed for our catch up services.”

Belfast Telegraph

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