Ofcom to probe Dapper Laughs show


Published: Monday 17th November 2014 by The News Editor

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Broadcasting regulator Ofcom has launched an investigation into a TV show starring controversial character Dapper Laughs, days after its star was at the centre of a furore which led to the programme being axed.

The series, Dapper Laughs: On The Pull, ended its run earlier this month and ITV2 said it would not commission any further editions.

Last week comedian Daniel O’Reilly said he was ditching his Laughs persona after a storm of criticism for telling a member of the audience at a live show that she was “gagging for a rape”.

O’Reilly, whose tour was also pulled, went on to grumble that the controversy had “wrecked my life”.

His TV show, which aimed to teach men to be better at “pulling”, included stunts such as asking for women’s numbers in the street and featured catchphrases such as “proper moist”.

Ofcom announced today that it is looking into whether the show fell foul of broadcasting rules and was offensive to viewers.

A spokesman for the regulator said: “Ofcom is currently investigating whether the repeated use of sexual references in this comedy series met generally accepted standards.”

He was in the spotlight after he produced a charity Christmas album to raise money for Shelter, but the homelessness charity rejected the money because of offensive comments he had made about homeless people.

And 44 comedians have signed an open letter condemning him for his “sexist and degrading” comedy.

In an interview for BBC2’s Newsight programme last week, during which he confirmed he was ending his portrayal of the character, O’Reilly said: “It’s completely ruined everything that’s going on with me as a comedian. The bad press and everything that’s happened – it’s wrecked my life to a certain extent.”

He went on: “It’s wrong but, to me, I didn’t see it as me who was saying it, I was creating this character and I was really pushing the boundaries with this character because it was popular.

“I thought that the people that were viewing it were saying this is ridiculous and laughing at it.”

Published: Monday 17th November 2014 by The News Editor

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