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Jack Whitehall ‘dwarf’ routine complaints upheld

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he BBC has upheld two complaints from viewers about a routine by comedian Jack Whitehall, featuring a joke about being at a pop concert with a dwarf, who was a friend from university.

The offending bit, from a 2009 show, featured in a recent repeat of his Live at the Apollo set on BBC Two.

The corporation’s board of content said the material will not be re-broadcast.

Whitehall has since said he is still in touch with the university friend he mentioned in the routine.

‘Beyond expectations’

The board noted that while Whitehall was allowed to exaggerate stereotypes “for comic effect,” it was not OK “to take a stereotypical view of dwarfism itself”.

In doing so, the stand-up took the routine “beyond the expectations of audiences in relation to material of this kind,” they added, in a statement online.

However, the board said the 32-year-old’s fans will have acknowledged that his “self-deprecating style of comedy” was primarily intended “to show up his own inadequacies and failings”.

Aside from his stand-up shows, Whitehall has recently hosted the Brit Awards on several occasion.

He is perhaps best known for starring as JP in the series Fresh Meat; and as Alfie Wickers in the Bad Education TV and film series; as well appearing alongside his real life dad Michael, in Travels with My Father.

Read from source: https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-55086165