Frankie Boyle scared of posting sick jokes online as Scottish comic book becomes latest victim of cancel culture
FRANKIE Boyle has revealed he is now afraid to post controversial jokes online in case he becomes a victim of cancel culture.
The comedian said he regularly refrains from writing gags on Twitter because he knows there will be a backlash.
He cited an example where he considered making a joke about the death of legendary James Bond actor Sir Sean Connery shortly after it was announced, but thought better of it.
The Glasgow-born comedian became known for courting controversy early in his career and has previously come under fire for jokes about the Queen and Katie Price’s son Harvey.
Boyle opened up about his social media fears in the Amazon Prime documentary Backstage with Katherine Ryan where stand-ups are filmed in the locker room before taking the stage.
He said: “I’ve become terrified of social media. I now think about things and don’t forget them.
“Sean Connery died and it was like pretty early in the morning when the news broke so I was one of the first people to see the news.
“I thought about tweeting ‘They shook it and it didn’t move.’ Then I just thought, ‘No, I can’t.'”
In the documentary, Boyle, 49, also confessed that he once went for a colon irrigation in an attempt to get material for a stand-up show.
However, he said it turned into a disaster when the person who did it recognized him.
He said: “I don’t feel comfortable admitting this, but it’s almost the kind of thing you do as a comedian saying ‘I’m probably going to get a joke out of this.
“I didn’t really do it, it was just awful.
“As she put the metal end on, she said, ‘I’m sorry about that Frankie.
“She had given no indication that she had recognized me and suddenly we were on good terms.”
Former teacher Boyle shot to fame on the BBC panel show Mock the Week in 2005.
He now presents Frankie Boyle’s New World Order on BBC Two and was nominated for a Bafta Scotland award for his travel series Frankie Boyle’s Tour of Scotland.
Her first novel, which is called Meantime and is set in Glasgow, is due out next month.
He said the book is about a drug addict trying to solve his friend’s murder while battling addiction.
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