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Frankie Boyle denies using 'racist references' in jokes

CONTROVERSY: Frankie Boyle

BRITISH COMEDIAN Frankie Boyle claimed that ‘racist views’ expressed through characters in his jokes do not reflect his own beliefs.

The 40-year-old former BBC star was giving evidence told a High Court jury, on the third day of a trial in London, after suing the Daily Mirror for libel because they labeled him as ‘racist’ in an article published last July.

According to several reports the newspaper’s publishers barrister, Ronald Thwaites, questioned Boyle on a joke he made about US President Barack Obama, in which it was claimed he made "gratuitous use of a well-known black man".

Thwaites reportedly said: "You are punctuating your programme with racist references that some people will find clever and others will find normal and acceptable.”

Boyle denied the allegation instead insisting he was simply playing a role.

He added: "These are phrases that a racist will use. There is no way they are an endorsement of racist terminology. It is the absolute opposite of that.

"If I dressed up as Godzilla, people would not accuse me of wanting to crush Tokyo myself."

The trial continues.

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