X Factor favourite James Arthur has got into a row with comedian Frankie Boyle on Twitter after Boyle said of James, “James McArthur is like a cross between a tramp and a duckling #xfactor.”
Replying to former Mock the Week panelist Boyle’s comment, James tweeted, “Poor old man making yet more s**t jokes about Xfactor because he knows that’s the only way he can get attention any more #prat”
Boyle then hit back “I think if I wanted attention I’d sing covers on a talent show, inked up like a schooldesk in a remedial class.”
To which James replied, “Your about as funny as aids..
“Your a sad man and I can’t wait to see you coz it’s about time someone gave you a reality check.”
Boyle is of course no stranger to controversy, or Twitter rows, given that he’s repeatedly made jokes about the family of missing Madeleine McCann, and made similar ‘jokes’ about Katie Price’s disabled son Harvey, which attracted hundreds of complaints.
However, today, a report in the Telegraph states that Boyle is suing Mirror Group Newspapers for what he described as a “very serious” libel over an article that was published in July last year with the headline, “Channel 4: we are back on the Boyle”.
The paper adds, “His barrister David Sherborne said that to call someone ‘racist’ was ‘obviously defamatory’, and contended the comedian did not object to being criticised but would not stand to be described as racist.”
Sherborne told the court, “Saying ‘vile’ or ‘offensive’, or his material is ‘vile’ or ‘offensive’, is one thing…
“He realises that that goes with the territory, so to speak. But accusing him of being a racist is an entirely different matter.”
It’s believed that lawyers acting for the Mirror Group will defend the article by stating they believe that the accusation of racism is true. They reportedly intend to cite various jokes made by Boyle to support their claim.
On a lighter note, here’s a reminder of one of James’ performances last night…