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Farage on battery acid joke: “Beyond the limits of free speech”

Comedian Jo Brand is in hot water after BBC Radio 4 performance.

Last month, during the elections of the European Parliament, Nigel Farage was attacked by a protester, throwing a milkshake at the leader of the newly created Brexit Party. While a lot of people have condemned the action, Jo Brand has gotten into hot water after describing the use of milkshake fluids “pathetic”, joking that the use of battery acid would be her fantasy.

I would say that, but that is because certain unpleasant characters are being thrown to the fore, and they are very easy to hate. I am kind of thinking: Why bother with a milkshake, when you can get some battery acid? – Jo Brand joked

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Nigel Farage evacuating the scene of the milkshake incident

Nigel Farage commented in his LBC’s radio show on Jo Brand’s performance, suggesting that there are certain limits to freedom of speech. According to him, free speech stops when there is incitement of violence.

Well, I think we know fairly clearly who Jo Brand was aiming that comment at. “People that are easy to hate, do not throw milkshakes over them, throw battery acid” – now to her defense she said: “Comedy is subjective.”, but please: What do you think? Do you think that is comedy? Do you think that is reasonable? Or do you think in the current climate all that is doing is inciting hate? – Farage said.

Nigel Farage later added that in the many divisions surrounding politics, with some people already very susceptible to violence, these comments by Jo Brand are beyond the limits. He also stated that if the roles had been reversed, he believes the police would have knocked promptly on his door.

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