July 20, 2011 7:20 AM Subscribe
posted by nthdegx (35 comments total)
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Comedian Stewart Lee clarifies his view of comedian Michael McIntyre
following a Jan Moir (the very same
) article in the Daily Mail
(itself a culmination of coverage elsewhere), which included for me the definitive out of context quotation...
From Moir's article:
"Stewart Lee, McIntyre’s chief tormentor, has form in this department. Referring to the car accident that left Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond with brain damage, Lee quipped: ‘I wish he’d been decapitated, and that his head had rolled off in front of his wife.'"
The routine quoted goes on to include the following (restated in Lee's article):
"I don’t really think Richard Hammond should die. What I was doing there, as everyone here in this room now understands, just in case there’s anyone from the Mail on Sunday watching this, is I was using an exaggerated form of the rhetoric and the implied values of Top Gear to satirise the rhetoric and the implied values of Top Gear. And it is a shame to have to break character and explain that. But hopefully it will save you a long, tedious exchange of emails.'"