Tweeting the blog, in which he accuses Farage of being “riddled with internal contradictions," Boyle stated: “Perhaps pointlessly, I have attempted to write something sensible about Nigel Farage’s take on comedy…”
Perhaps pointlessly, I have attempted to write something sensible about Nigel Farage's take on comedyNovember 3, 2014
“Nigel wants to be seen as a pint-swilling man of the people, but simultaneously to be taken so seriously that nobody can even make joke about him. He tells us how popular Ukip is and simultaneously how jokes against it is easy populism. Well, which is it?” Boyle writes.
Farage had earlier lit the fuse by highlighting an article by comedian Andrew Lawrence, condemning shows like Mock the Week “where aging, balding, fat men, ethnic comedians and women-posing-as-comedians, sit congratulating themselves on how enlightened they are about the fact that Ukip are ridiculous and pathetic.”
@Nigel_Farage There are a lot of honest people in comedy, which is why they keep calling you a cunt— Frankie Boyle (@frankieboyle) October 28, 2014
@frankieboyle Probably the funniest thing I've ever heard you say!— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) October 28, 2014
That sparked a heated debate on the matter, including a blog by comedian Ava Vidal in the Telegraph.
Citing Farage’s subsequent allegation in a column for the Independent that: “Luvvies look after themselves and look after their own, and when the sense a whiff of dissent in the ranks, first they close up, then they start flailing wildly,” Boyle denied his industry inspires solidarity.
“This display of comic camaraderie has probably been prompted by the fact that the blog in question lambasted panel shows consisting of 'women posing as comedians' and “surreal diversity targets” being filled by 'ethnic comedians'. Comedians, being decent sorts deep down, maybe just don’t take kindly to what they see as their fellows being targeted because of their race or gender,” he wrote.
Farage had earlier disparaged a Vidal’s “disjointed” piece, followed by the words (“no I don’t know either”), insinuating he'd never heard of the comic.
Boyle writes: “It seems strange that Farage hasn’t heard of such an accomplished black female comic, if television is awash with such performers. It’s almost as if black people, and women, are actually underrepresented in the media.”
He also took the opportunity to liken the rise of Ukip to “the opportunity to have the Nazis back without the style”, adding: “Say what you like about those awful bastards, but for failed artists they had a surprising amount of flair. Put Farage in jackboots and a leather trenchcoat and he’ll look just like a gay Dr Who.”
Farage responded to Boyle’s blog quickly, tweeting: “I see Frankie Boyle completely misunderstood me. Have a laugh, sure, but persistent bias is a great shame: Thoughts?”
I see Frankie Boyle completely misunderstood me. Have a laugh, sure, but persistent bias is a great shame: http://t.co/sI3Sqwq5Zt Thoughts?— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) November 3, 2014
It'd be great if "comedians" understood our immigration policy, and our approach to refugees, before commenting: http://t.co/7cHZCAY8m8— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) November 3, 2014