A former regional newspaper editor has slated comedian Frankie Boyle over a joke he made about autism.
Dave King left his job at the Swindon Advertiser last summer and is now head of news at a group of Johnston Press-owned weekly newspapers in Sussex.
Dave, who has an autistic teenage son, is currently organising a doughnut-eating race to raise funds for a local charity that helps raise awareness of the condition.
In a recent blog post entitled ‘Isn’t Frankie Boyle a Funny Wee Man?’ Dave slammed the comedian for a joke he made about the disabilty and described his humour as one-dimensional, based purely on the ability to shock.
His comments followed a visit by the funny man to Portsmouth in which he described a world record attempt by some local schoolchildren to arrange themselves into the shape of the Olympic logo as ‘the most autistic response to a global event.’
Wrote Dave: “Ironically, the Frankie story broke on the same day that we launched the Doughnut Dash 5k in aid of the Hampshire Autistic Society.
“My son, Ross is one of those. Sadly, he suffered his first epileptic fit this week in almost six months which was hugely disappointing.
“Ross cannot talk, he cannot express his fears or his pain. He is an innocent autistic, the sort of victim that the courageous Frankie Boyle chose to pick on. How brave and wise of you, Frankie – pushing the bold boundaries of humour in aid of a cheap laugh.”
The Doughnut Dash takes place at the Mountbatten Centre in Portsmouth on Sunday 29 July. The 13-lap race will see competitors having to eat three Krispy Kreme doughnuts half way round.
Added Dave: “We’ll have plenty of laughs on July 29, and when you are dealing with autism, you have got to keep your sense of humour – but there is a limit to that comedy, especially when it becomes tasteless and crosses the line.”
Log onto www.doughnutdash.co.uk for more information.