British comedian Frankie Boyle is known for courting controversy with his edgy humor but his latest gag about AIDS may not be a laughing matter for some.
Commenting on the news Britain’s entertainment retail giant HMV was going into administration, the Scottish stand-up comic tweeted: ‘The day I found out I had both dyslexia and AIDS
The post was retweeted by almost 2,500 followers and favorited 710 times.
It appears to be a deliberate attempt by the funnyman to deliver on a promise he made on Sunday (13 January) when he wrote on Twitter: ‘Great to write a joke that offends everybody equally once in a while’.
His gag, however, doesn’t seem to have impressed many on Twitter.
A sarcastic @TrippyPip said: ‘Blimey – Frankie Boyle is just HILARIOUS isn’t he? What’s better for brightening a Tuesday morning than a joke about HIV? *face*’
Boyle also waded into the debate on columnist Suzanne Moore’s transphobic article about a Brazilian transsexual.
‘If anything, the emotional, irrational reaction of transsexuals to Suzanne Moore’s article shows once and for all that they are real women,’ he tweeted on Sunday.
It’s not the first time the comedian has ruffled a few feathers with his jokes.
In July 2011 he sparked outrage with a gag about glamor model Katie Price’s heavily disabled son, Harvey.
Appearing on TV show Frankie Boyle’s Tramadol Nights, he said: ‘Apparently Jordan and Peter Andre are fightin’ each other over custody of Harvey, well eventually one of them’ll lose and have to keep him.’
He added: ‘I have a theory that Jordan married a cage fighter cause she needed someone strong enough to stop Harvey from fucking her.’