Comedian delivers hate-filled routine at Liverpool comedy club
In a grotesque abuse of freedom of speech, someone who calls himself a comedian has delivered a routine so offensive on the subject of rape and transgender people, that it is proving difficult to find a quotation fit for public consumption.
In a video posted on Facebook which, according to Liverpool’s Hot Water Comedy Club, was filmed in front of a live audience, Freddy Quinne wonders “at what point is rape justified?” To Quinne, the answer seems to be the “the fourth date” where, in his laboured and poorly-written anecdote, he has yet to have any physical contact with his date.
So far, so sidesplitting. Yes folks – in the crazy, madcap world of the portly, bearded, balding Quinne, rape is funny. And just in case you didn’t twig the first time, he helpfully points out that “I don’t think you can be held responsible for your actions”.
The gag continues. Quinne’s date turns out to be transgender although, it has to be said, the trans people I know demonstrate far better taste in their choice of partner. Nonetheless, Quinne remains as sharp-witted as ever: “I said to her to get out” before moving on to “I’m going to have the sofa steam-cleaned” and an equally feeble line about his property being devalued.
And now, folks, the pièce de resistance. Anyone with the slightest knowledge of twentieth century history knows that people who we now call LGBT were forced to wear a pink triangle in Nazi Germany and, together with Jews, gypsies, communists and others, were either worked to death or slaughtered on an industrial scale during the Holocaust. But this doesn’t deter Quinne who asks, “Is it too much to ask that trans people wear a badge?”.
Wow. Just wow.
In a not unexpected cop-out, a spokesperson for the Hot Water Comedy Club told OutNews Global, “We do not censor. All content is owned by the comedian himself rather than by us. We are just a platform.”
Trans activist Jake Graf commented, “At a time when the trans community is under such sustained and vitriolic attack, events like this must be called out and stopped. Not only is the “comedian” in question advocating for rape, he then begins a torrent of transphobic slurs that are surely tantamount to hate crime.
“The trans community is currently particularly vulnerable as the Gender Recognition Act comes under review, with trans women frequently being verbally and physically assaulted simply for walking down the street. To encourage this kind of ‘humour’ is to be party to the daily violence. Freddy Quinne should be educated on his dangerous and toxic views on rape and trans issues and the Hot Water Comedy Club should be held accountable for allowing and promoting such hate speech across their channels. Truly saddening to see.”
OutNews Global believes in free speech. But freedom of speech is not absolute – hate speech and incitement to violence, including rape, are illegal. We have no doubt that opinions like Quinne’s, even when wearing a comedic mantle – contribute to an atmosphere where both cis and trans women feel unsafe when simply going about their day to day lives. Any comedy club with a modicum of decency should not book this man.