COMEDIAN Frankie Boyle was today condemned by community leaders for making offensive comments about Gosport schoolchildren.
The former star of TV’s Mock The Week made the remarks while writing about a world record attempt by more than 2,100 pupils at Bay House School.
Their successful bid to arrange themselves in the shape of a huge Olympic rings logo hit the national headlines after being featured in The News.
But writing in The Sun, the star labelled their effort ‘the most autistic response to a global sporting event’.
And he added: ‘For the kids of Gosport, learning how to stand bewildered in a blue jumper is all they need to qualify them for a life of working in 99p stores.’
He then went on to make an offensive comment about the children which was of a sexual nature.
Gosport’s MP, Caroline Dinenage, took part in the school’s world record attempt on April 30.
She called the comedian spiteful and pathetic.
Ms Dinenage said: ‘It sickens me, these people who make a living and spend their lives being spiteful towards others to make money.
‘It’s miserable and it’s pathetic. We are all very happy to laugh at ourselves but this is too far.
‘There are always going to be people who want to belittle what you achieve because they haven’t got what it takes to achieve things off their own backs.
‘The kids have got themselves a Guinness world record and nobody can take that away from them.
‘I wonder how he would like it if it was his kids and his area. Perhaps he would like to come down and speak to me and speak to the kids and see what he thinks then.’
One Bay House pupil said classmates were outraged at the rant.
The 14-year-old said: ‘We were only trying to break a world record. I don’t know why he thought it was funny to poke fun at us.’
Both Ms Dinenage and the leader of Gosport Borough Council, Councillor Mark Hook, have invited Frankie Boyle to visit the town.
Cllr Hook said: ‘I invite Frankie to come and have a look at Gosport and to meet some of these young people who broke a world record. They could show him the academic standard in Gosport.’
Headteacher Ian Potter said: ‘The pride we feel in the young people of Bay House School raising a significant sum of money for the orphans of Malawi in their achievement of breaking a world record must not be lost
‘I feel a positive response to the publicity would be for people to make a donation to the charity Friends of Mulanje Orphans, fomo.co.uk.’
Frankie Boyle is due to perform at Portsmouth Guildhall on July 7. He did not respond to a request for comment from The News.