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Frankie Boyle needs to watch what he's saying

By Jayne Burnett on Apr 12, 10 10:26 AM in

I've been in the paper again this week. I gave a comment to The Herald about some jokes that the comedian Frankie Boyle made about people with Down's Syndrome.

He was laughing at how we dress, how we wear our hair and everything. There was a woman in the audience who has a daughter with Down's Syndrome. She was really upset and I can see why.

I a self-advocate with ENABLE Scotland. We're not in the business of censoring people, but I think Frankie Boyle's joke has gone too far.

I can take a joke but I cannot see how this particular one is funny.

If I was in the audience, like this mother was, I too would be very upset and I can completely understand how she feels.

I have Down's syndrome, but I have still achieved a lot in my life, I'm currently studying at college and I have my own online blog too, and jokes like that just put us all down.

I think what I find most offensive is how Frankie Boyle says that everyone with Down's syndrome is the same, right down to the way we look.

It's labelling us as all being the same, that is the worst bit about it.

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lorna johnston said:

you are also a good ambassador jayne.
everything you say is spot on.
frankie was way out of order and if it wasn't for you speaking up then it would all be brushed under the carpet too quick.
well done for a very thought provoking blog jayne.
cheers
lorna

Susanas said:

Just dropped by to say am really proud of you hen x keep up the good work x

I am more than sure you will achieve your own goals in life and if you ever need anything just give me a shout x

Susanas

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