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Controversial comic Frankie Boyle has gone on hunger strike in support of Shaker Aamer - the last British detainee in Guantánamo Bay.
The Scottish funnyman, who in December donated the £50,000 he won in his libel action against the Daily Mirror to Aamer's legal fund, stopped eating on Wednesday in a bid to highlight the plight of the detainee from London, who is one of dozens of inmates refusing food in protest over their treatment.
Mr Boyle, 41, took the baton from human rights lawyer Clive Stafford Smith of Reprieve, who represents Aamer.
Originally posted by boymonkey74
I would love to post a few of his jokes for people who do not know him but I don't think any are T&C compliant.
Good on him, hopefully this will kick someone in the foreign office to do something about Shaker.
Originally posted by Atzil321
Title should read..
Franky boyle tries to salvage irretrievably damaged career with phony stunt...
I, for one, will be glad when this self-absorbed hack drops off the radar for good.
Originally posted by Rocker2013
reply to post by Silcone Synapse
This is pretty surprising. But, I have to say, is this not at least a little bit because he's been shunned in the UK in recent years for some of his extremely offensive jokes?
It just seems a little strange that he's suddenly discovered he has some morals, now that his career is in the sh*tter.
Good on him if it really is genuine and he really is being selfless and moral, but I am suspicious of the timing. I'm not entirely sure if this is about doing something good or trying to salvage his image and a career on pause.