Comedian Sophie Duker has sparked Ofcom complaints after making a joke about ‘killing white people’.
The 30-year-old appeared on Frankie Boyle’s New World Order show recently, when talk turned to the Black Lives Matter movement.
During the BBC Two show, they watched an interview with author James Baldwin in the 1970s, when he discussed the idea of black power.
Addressing the video in question, Sophie suggested the terms ‘black power and white power’ were capitalist myths that are ’so prevalent today’.
‘The myths that we have about black power, like black power, Wakanda, it’s still a world where Africa was never colonised, was never pillaged for its resources,’ she said.
‘White power is Trump Tower. These things are put against each other. When we say we want to kill whitey, we don’t really mean we want to kill whitey.’
‘We do… not today,’ she laughed. ‘When people react to people saying, white privilege… Whiteness is a capitalist structure, it benefits itself. It hurts white people, it hurts non black people, it hurts black people.
‘But still, this fear of a black alternative, it’s these rhetorics battled against each other, these extreme rhetorics of supremacy.’
However, some viewers watching from home were not happy with her quip, with Ofcom confirming to MailOnline that they had received 42 complaints since it was broadcast, on 10 September.
While BBC refused to be drawn on the number of complaints they had also received themselves, a spokesperson addressed the upset.
They told Metro.co.uk: ’Frankie Boyle’s New World Order was shown after 10pm and its content is within audience expectations for a post-watershed, topical, satirical programme from a comedian whose style and tone are well-established.’
Fellow comedian Katherine Ryan jumped to Sophie’s defence over the complaints, describing her as a ‘genius’.
Taking to Twitter, she penned: ‘Sophie Duker is a genius (and some will never *get* ironic exposition of a position) but notice the only people mad at her are also fresh off being mad about a dance.’
Frankie Boyle’s New World Order continues on Thursdays, at 10pm, on BBC Two.
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