Comedian Fin Taylor has been criticised for joking that Glastonbury should be ‘bombed’ to get rid of Jeremy Corbyn supporters.
The 30-year-old comic made the joke on Friday night’s episode of Have I Got News For You, with host Victoria Coren Mitchell raising the topic of Corbyn being re-admitted to the Labour Party, but losing the whip.
Taylor, who was on Ian Hislops’s team, said: ‘I feel like we had an opposition for 19 days and now it’s over again, he just won’t stay in his box.
‘My relationship with Corbyn is like Bob Dylan, in that I only hate him so much because of his fans.’
After complaining that Dylan fans are ‘so dogmatic’ in their opinions that he is the greatest musician of all time, he continued: ‘People who like Corbyn, it’s like, what, it’s 200,000 people in the Labour Party that are fanatics.
‘So all you’ve got to do is, next year, bomb Glastonbury, hopefully Dylan’s headlining. Two birds, one stone.’
After a laugh from the audience, Hislop joked: ‘Well, that’s the end of your career’, with Taylor saying: ‘Oh, my week on Twitter next week is going to be lovely.’
He referenced the impending controversy, as he tweeted ahead of the show: ‘Back on HIGNFY tonight, 9pm BBC one. YES we talked about Corbyn, and NO I can’t WAIT to hear all your lovely feedback!!!!!!!’
Journalist Dawn Foster tweeted about the joke, writing: ‘Joan Bakewell claims Corbyn “broke the law” on Have I Got News for You” & comedian Fin Taylor says he hates Corbyn supporters and would bomb 200,000 of them at Glastonbury, then “Ooh my week on Twitter will be fun.” Desperately sad, courting controversy cos no one’s heard of you.’
Writer Hussein Kesvani added: ‘Well, i guess it’s time for Fin Taylor to go on the Triggerpod-Spiked-Spectator-Question Time carousel.’
Some urged their followers to complain about the bombing joke, sharing links to the BBC complaints process.
Many tweets noted that a joke that Jo Brand made on BBC Radio 4 about throwing battery acid at politicians, after a milkshake was thrown over Nigel Farage, was investigated by the BBC executive complaints unit, and was ruled to have been inappropriate for the show.
Others on social media simply said the joke was not funny, with one post reading: ‘Have you considered applying for Spitting Image?’ and Ross McCafferty tweeting: ‘Having watched the clip, I don’t think Fin Taylor is a stranger to bombing.’
Taylor has yet to address the backlash, although he liked a sarcastic tweet reading: ‘Comedy is a *very* serious profession. I think you should report this obvious terrorist threat to the police.’
Viewers also complained on social media about Labour Party peer Joan Bakewall claiming it was ‘appropriate’ that Corbyn denied the whip.
She said: ‘It’s quite appropriate that he’s not given the whip now because of the report… it was found he’d behaved against the law, he broke the law.’
Have I Got News For You continues on Friday nights on BBC One.
Credit: Original article published here.