Immigrant leaders have defended jokes made by foreign comedians at a night club. Many of the jokes appeared to single out Nigel Farage, the leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP).
‘The jokes were generic, about people who are called Farage, not specifically about Mr Farage,’ explained one immigrant leader. ‘The jokes were about ‘national’ stereotypes, not racial ones. Hardly any mentioned looking and acting like a buffoon, for example’ he added while also hastening to mention that he didn’t stay to listen to the comedians as his third job was about to start just after the black tie dinner gala had finished.
Another immigrant leader defended the right of the comedians to tell jokes, even if they did appear to be in bad taste, reeked of nineteen-seventies bigotry and singled out specific racial stereotypes. ‘I mean, what kind of name is Farage?’ he asked. ‘We need to be careful that we don’t risk killing humour by stopping all jokes about Nigel Farage. Let’s face it, if we can’t laugh at Nigel Farage and the UK Independence Party, what can we laugh at?’