You either love it or hate it and clearly Frankie Boyle, who makes his living as a comedian, hates it. We’re talking about the X Factor and although personally I am not a fan of the show, I simply choose not to watch it, rather than slate it, or the contestants. Boyle however, takes a different stance, and prefers to use his Twitter account to insult the stars of the show. I am being very careful in what I write here, as although Boyle seems to think that certain people are easy targets for his brand of ‘humour’ or opinions, when he himself is the centre of unwelcome comments, he tends to sue.
His latest target is X Factor finalist James Arthur, who the 40 year old comedian thought would be fair game by calling him a ‘pompous alien- headed busker’ and telling him to get a ‘sense of humour’. What a shame Boyle can’t get a sense of one himself, I mean he does call himself a comedian and he might actually get more work if he was funny occasionally. Boyle not only made crude remarks about James teeth, but also called him a tramp. Boyle originally started the row on Saturday during the live show when he tweeted that he thought the singer looked like ‘across between a tramp and a duckling’. James tweeted back: ‘Poor old man making yet more s**t jokes about X Factor because he knows that’s the only way he can get attention any more #prat.’
Boyle then replied: ‘I think if I wanted attention I’d sing covers on a talent show, inked up like a schooldesk in a remedial class.’ James tweeted: ‘As apposed to telling desperately bad jokes?’. Boyle, who didn’t appear to be working on any dvds, touring or recording any live shows (but I could be wrong) then had plenty of time to study the spelling mistake James had made and replied: ‘”apposed”? I hope you didn’t spell your own tattoos. I also hope Simon’s (Cowell) demonic j**z boils through your vocal cords.’
James wrote: ‘Your (sic) about as funny as aids.. Your a sad man and I can’t wait to see you coz it’s about time someone gave you a reality check.’ But Boyle couldn’t see why James was taking his rants so personally: ‘Comedians make jokes about tits singing karaoke songs on talent shows you snaggletoothed grammar holocaust. Deal with it.’
This is not the first time Boyle has made crude and offensive remarks about people in the public eye. His comments regarding Katie Price’s disabled son Harvey were deemed to be so offensive that Ofcom ruled Channel 4 had actually ‘breached broadcasting rules by transmitting the material’ when she complained.
The Olympic swimming champion Rebecca Adlington was also a target for Boyle, when he tweeted crude comments about her appearance. James expressed his displeasure at the way Boyle had previously spoken about others on his Twitter account: ‘@frankieboyle have you seen the state of you? How can you make remarks about the way I look? Stop using my name to try rekindle your career…..and making jokes about people on tv shows is one thing but you make jokes about people with disabilities which is a disgrace.’
By Monday James had enough of giving Boyle a platform for publicity and decided to call a halt to the tweeting. ‘So apparently I need a sense of humour.. Or do you mean a sick mind and loser mentality? Glasgows top comic? I’m proud to be Glaswegian! :/. No more tweets about Boyle I’m not giving him the publicity he clearly desires so don’t tweet me about it please. I’m all about positivity.’
And so are we James, which is why we have decided not to publish a picture of Mr Boyle.