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Comedian Frankie Boyle's attack on Down's syndrome children refuses to go away

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Frankie-BoyleA YEAR after a comedian Frankie Boyle launched a tirade against people with Down's syndrome as part of a so-called comedy show the story is still in the top 10 'most read' on one of the biggest news websites in the world.

Among the more obvious tales of British royals, Lady Gaga, and Cheryl Cole the dailymail.co.uk (the website of the Daily Mail newspaper) shows Frankie Boyle's career damaging attack to be the ninth most popular story on the entire site.

The Scottish stand-up turned TV game show regular, who also writes a column for The Sun newspaper, had an on-stage run-in with a mother of a Down's syndrome child after he made fun of victims.

A five-minute section of his act attacked Down's syndrome sufferers and their parents, mocking their hair, clothing and voices.

He then picked on a couple in the front row - Sharon and Keiron Smith - accusing them of talking while he was performing but the laughter stopped when Mrs Smith told Boyle: "My daughter has Down's syndrome and I'm very upset."

Boyle tried to laugh off the hideous gaffe saying: "This is my last tour. I don't give a **** what people think," but later admitted it was 'the most excruciating moment of his career'.

Mrs Smith, from Hook, Hants, blogged about the incident at the Hexagon Theatre, in Reading, and sparked online fury against the comedian.

Their blog posting reads: "Frankie Boyle spent a good few minutes making joke after joke about people with DS. And they weren't even clever or funny jokes either... I expected dry, nasty, crude humour, yes, but unimaginative humour poking fun at the stereotype of people with Down syndrome was not something that I expected.

"The more jokes he made, the harder I found it to stay unemotional and detached. My husband noticed and asked if I was OK. At which point Frankie noticed him talking to me and came over (oh how I wish I had not booked front row seats).

"He asked why we were talking during his show. I wanted the ground to swallow me up. I have never felt so small, so stupid, so emotional and to be honest so pathetic. How can a stranger make me feel like that?

"So I told him that my five-year-old daughter has Down syndrome and that I was simply upset at some of his jokes. He tried to laugh it off, 'Ahh, but its all true isn't it?' to which I replied no, it wasn't."

The dailymail.co.uk website boasts 66 million monthly unique readers - making it the second biggest news website in the world just behind the New York Times.
At the time of the incident - April 2010 - the comedy star's spokesman refused to comment. One year on 38-year-old Boyle has yet to apologise.


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