The latest offering from Britain's least funny comedian is too much for Ed Cumming. In his latest column, he explores the bewildering truth of Francis' enduring career.Ed Cumming, The Independent, 13th September 2021
TV is now a battleground for society's culture wars. The new director of the BBC might axe left-wing comedy, but humour exposes what defines, unites and divides us, says the deputy editor of Index on Censorship.Jemimah Steinfeld, The Independent, 3rd September 2020
But instead, the presenter and talk show host was bombarded with vile trolling which left her telling her daughter Billie: "I'm sick of being black."Dan Cain & Emily Fairbairn, The Sun, 5th July 2020
TV presenter Trisha Goddard told BBC Newsnight about the impact a blackface impersonation in a comedy sketch had on her family. Last week, comedian Leigh Francis issued an emotional apology for having made himself up as black celebrities in the show Bo' Selecta!BBC, 12th June 2020
"The representation of black people as caricatures was part of a process of undermining their full humanity, which in turn served to justify unequal and degrading treatment".Serina Sandhu, i Newspaper, 11th June 2020
Bo' Selecta!'s blackface was always a problem - why is Leigh Francis only apologising now?
His Oprah loved fried chicken; his Trisha liked 'rice and peas'; his Craig David caused the singer pain. How did he get away with it?Ed Power, The Telegraph, 5th June 2020