Autism charity chides comic over school jibe

TAKING IT LYING DOWN Comedian Frankie Boyle
TAKING IT LYING DOWN Comedian Frankie Boyle
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COMEDIAN Frankie Boyle has been criticised by the head of an autism charity over a jibe about Gosport schoolchildren.

The chief executive of the Hampshire Autism Society said the comic showed a ‘deep lack of understanding’ about autism after making offensive comments about a world record attempt by pupils at Bay House School.

More than 2,100 pupils broke a Guinness World Record after arranging themselves in the shape of a giant Olympic rings logo.

But writing in The Sun, the Scottish comedian called their effort ‘the most autistic response to a global sporting event’.

He then went on to make other insulting remarks about the youngsters.

Andrew Monaghan, the chief executive of the Hampshire Autistic Society, said of Mr Boyle’s column: ‘The comments that have been reported are clearly uninformed and show a deep lack of understanding in regard to autism and the impact of autism on the individual.

‘If Mr Boyle would like information and assistance in raising his understanding of autism we would be more than happy to help him with this.

‘However until such time that an understanding is gained it is inappropriate for people to be commenting in a manner that could be interpreted by readers as an informed view.’

As reported in The News, community leaders yesterday condemned the controversial comedian for making spiteful comments.

Both the town’s MP, Caroline Dinenage and council leader, Councillor Mark Hook, invited Mr Boyle to visit the town.

When challenged by The News on social networking website Twitter, the comedian blocked our reporters from contacting him.

Late last night he tweeted: ‘Dear Britain, I write thousands of jokes a year. If you find one tasteless, don’t tell me about it. Ta x’