Channel 4 defend Frankie Boyle following complaints over 'racist' language

Frankie BoyleChannel 4 has come out in defence of Frankie Boyle and his show 'Tramadol Nights' for a second time this month following more complaints about the show, this time about alleged racist language. Viewers of the controversial late night programme complained after Boyle used the terms 'N****r' and 'P**i' during parts of his stand up routine.

In one of the jokes the dark humoured comedian commented: "What gets me is our callousness as a society when we read out our dead on the news first, because our lives are more important. Other people's aren't worth as much" Before impersonating a newsreader and adding: "A bomb went off in Kandahar today, killing two British servicemen, three UN relief workers and a whole bunch of p**is."

In another segment of the show, Boyle joked with the audience: "The Ministry of Defence? At least in the old days we were honest - it was the Ministry of War! 'Hello, Ministry of War, department of n***er-bombing, how can I help?'"

Frankie Boyle and Channel 4 have already come under much criticism after one episode featured a tasteless joke about celebrity Katie Price's disabled son. Further criticised when they repeated the episode unedited, Channel 4 said: "Frankie Boyle is one of the highest profile comedians in the UK. He’s well known for his controversial humour and the programme carried appropriate warnings as to the nature of the material."

Following these latest complaints, the broadcaster said in a statement today: "Channel 4 strongly refutes any suggestion we are endorsing or condoning racist language by our broadcast of Frankie Boyle's Tramadol Nights.

"This cutting edge comedy is clearly intended to ridicule and satirise the use of these words - Frankie Boyle was not endorsing them. Channel 4 would not have broadcast these words had they been used in a racist way. All the jokes highlight the unacceptable nature of this language."

Ofcom has yet to rule on Boyle's comments about Katie Price's son.