Frankie Boyle is criticized for making a joke about the rape and murder of Holly Willoughby

Comedian Frankie Boyle has been slammed for making a joke about the rape and murder of ITV presenter Holly Willoughby.

The Scottish comedian, 49, described a game about people “killing and sh*****g”, including the TV star during a performance at the Latitude Festival in Suffolk last weekend.

Boyle reportedly told those present, “I would obviously kill her and then rape her. Just kidding, I would rape her first.

The comedian defended the joke yesterday after being asked about the incident at a Waterstones launch event for his new book.

Boyle said: ‘Can I just say, my rape routine and f*****g Holly Willoughby was part of a really long routine about whether or not it was okay to make a joke about it , and I look at it from both sides, there are pros and cons.

He also described how comedy is in the “eye of the beholder” and he considers himself a “mainstream” comedian.

Frankie Boyle pictured on stage during day three of the 2022 Latitude Festival at Henham Park last weekend

Boyle made a joke about the rape and murder of ITV presenter Holly Willoughby (pictured) at the festival

Boyle made a joke about the rape and murder of ITV presenter Holly Willoughby (pictured) at the festival

The comedian refused to apologize for the joke when approached by a member of the public at a launch event for his new book

The comedian refused to apologize for the joke when approached by a member of the public at a launch event for his new book

Boyle on stage during a big tent performance at the Latitude Festival in Henham Park, Southwold, last week

Boyle on stage during a big tent performance at the Latitude Festival in Henham Park, Southwold, last week

Boyle also described how much comedy is in

Boyle has also described how comedy is in the “eye of the beholder” and he considers himself a “mainstream” comedian.

Holly Willoughby pictured presenting ITV's daytime show This Morning last month.  She has already spoken out in favor of victims of sexual abuse

Holly Willoughby pictured presenting ITV’s daytime show This Morning last month. She has already spoken out in favor of victims of sexual abuse

Frankie Boyle Slammed for Holly Willoughby Rape Joke: The History of Controversial Comic Book Gags

Comedian Frankie Boyle is no stranger to criticism over controversial and offensive jokes.

Then Tory politician Lord Tebbit demanded Boyle be banned by the BBC after he made a joke about IRA bombs on his last show in 2019.

He hit out at the Scottish comedian for saying it might be a relief for Theresa May to step down after spending a weekend at Checkers with leading Brexiteers.

Boyle said ‘where are the IRA f***s when you need them?’ during his New World Order show on BBC Two.

He also made jokes about Katie Price’s autistic son Harvey and the Queen.

Before receiving his New World Order show, Boyle was kicked out of a Comic Relief show being aired by BBC bosses after he said he wanted the Queen dead before her Diamond Jubilee.

In a revolting 10-minute routine at Russell Brand’s Give It Up For Comic Relief event at London’s Wembley Arena in 2013, Boyle also caught the attention of the 12,500 onlookers with a particularly rude jibe at Oscar Pistorious.

Boyle’s routine was deemed to be in such bad taste that it was removed from the show’s “near live” broadcast on BBC Three.

And following his comment about Ms Price’s son Harvey and a series of offensive jokes about the Paralympic Games, Channel 4 bosses ruled out the possibility of him returning to the channel in 2013.

Willoughby, 41, has previously spoken out on behalf of victims of sexual abuse as part of the #metoo campaign, while revealing her own experience of ‘upskirting’ when photographers crouched on the ground to take pictures of her underwear.

Caroline Nokes, Conservative chair of the Commons Women’s and Equalities Committee, said she was “disappointed” by the joke.

She told the Mail on Sunday: ‘The Frankie Boyle I was with at university wouldn’t have found the rape funny.

“It never does, and I’m disappointed that anyone is trying to make a joke about male sexual violence.”

A spokesperson for the voluntary campaign group FiLiA, which campaigns on feminism as part of the women’s liberation movement, added: “We are horrified that some men in the entertainment industry continue to consider the abuse of women as comedic material.

“There’s nothing funny about male violence and looking for cheap applause at the expense of traumatic females speaks to shoddy material.”

A statement continued: “We are grappling with a national crisis in which the police and the courts are failing rape victims who are brave enough to seek justice.

“Right now one in four women say they have been sexually assaulted, and we know from research that less than 2% of reported rapes in England and Wales end in a prosecution.

“Women and girls across the country are not laughing.

“Instead, the women are angry and afraid for their safety.”

Boyle is no stranger to criticism over controversial and offensive jokes.

Then Tory politician Lord Tebbit demanded the BBC ban it after he made a joke about IRA bombs on his show for the channel in 2019.

He hit out at the Scottish comedian for saying it might be a relief for then Prime Minister Theresa May to step down after spending a weekend at Checkers with leading Brexiteers.

Boyle said “Where are the fucking IRAs when you need them?” during a broadcast of his New World Order show on BBC Two.

Boyle pictured while filming his previous BBC Two show called New World Order

Boyle pictured while filming his previous BBC Two show called New World Order

Willoughby has previously revealed her own 'upskirting' experience when photographers crouched down on the floor to take photos of her underwear

Willoughby has previously revealed her own ‘upskirting’ experience when photographers crouched down on the floor to take photos of her underwear

He also made jokes about Katie Price’s autistic son Harvey and the Queen.

The MoS contacted Boyle and Willoughby for comment, but they were unavailable.

Before receiving his New World Order show, Boyle was kicked out of a Comic Relief show being aired by BBC bosses after he said he wanted the Queen dead before her Diamond Jubilee.

In a revolting 10-minute routine at Russell Brand’s Give It Up For Comic Relief event at London’s Wembley Arena in 2013, Boyle also caught the attention of 12,500 spectators with a particularly rude jibe at Oscar Pistorious.

Boyle’s routine was deemed to be in such poor taste that it was removed from the show’s “almost live” broadcast on BBC Three.

And following his comment about Ms Price’s son Harvey and a series of offensive jokes about the Paralympic Games, Channel 4 bosses ruled out the possibility of him returning to the channel in 2013.

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