Sophie Duker Kill Whitey Joke: AFTER comedian Sophie Duker made a joke about “killing whitey” on Frankie Boyle’s New World Order show, police launched an investigation into the allegation of hate crime.
Following the BBC’s dismissal of over 1000 complaints, it has been confirmed that the Greater Manchester Police are looking into the concerns raised about the comment made on the show.
Objections to a reference made by Sophie Duker on the show, which aired in September, made it to Stage 2 of the BBC’s complaints process, where they were forwarded to the independent Executive Complaints Unit, but they were not upheld there.
A debate ensued over what is and is not acceptable in the realm of comedic storytelling, with the BBC stating that the show’s content was “within audience” expectations following the watershed satirical programme and that they looked forward to continuing their collaboration with her.
The backlash against Ms. Duker has been described as a “harsh wake-up call to the toxicity of the media,” with the actress claiming that she had been “singled out for a joke.”
On air, Ms. Duker expressed her thoughts on the concept of black power in response to a video clip of black author James Baldwin discussing the concept in an interview from the 1970s.
In response to the video in question, Ms. Duker asserted that the terms “black power” and “white power” were capitalist myths that were “extremely prevalent” at the time of its release.
“Trump Tower is a symbol of white power,” she explained. In addition, she stated that when she said she wanted to kill Whitey, “we didn’t really mean it.” She quickly clarified that she did want to kill Whitey, but added “not today,” which elicited laughter from the audience.
When asked about the controversy surrounding a “kill whitey” joke on a panel show, comedian Sophie Duker told The Londoner, “I am deliberate and afraid of nothing.” She then went on to defend herself against her critics.
According to Duker in a piece published on the online publication Bustle, the bullies wanted her fired, shamed and silenced. She also claims that her point “about white supremacy harming people of every race” was drowned out by the controversy.
“Midway through, I made the obvious point that ‘we don’t really mean we want to kill whitey,’ before quipping, ‘We do!'” the comic said during an appearance on Frankie Boyle’s New World Order show last month. ‘No, not today,’ I say. In the beginning, no complaints were received; however, a few days after the show aired, Duker’s joke was picked up and she was soon the target of online abuse and the subject of newspaper columns.