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Guardian gives comedians right of reply: There isn’t a ‘new offensiveness’ say Herring and Burns

As noted here earlier this week, comedian Richard Herring (@herring1967) objected to Monday’s Guardian G2 feature on offensive comedy. Herring felt that quotes and examples from his shows were used out of context, giving the impression that he was a racist. He used his personal blog and Twitter account to air his frustration while others (including fellow comedians) used their own platforms to express surprise at the article. Other supportive blog posts sprang up, and tweets quickly flew round, condemning the original Guardian article. Following his complaint, the Guardian gave Herring, and Australian comedian, Brendan Burns, the chance to respond in print in today’s G2. Find them at these links:

Richard Herring’s latest blog post can be found here; an interesting account of writing the article, and the searching questions he asked himself about the whole thing.

Response to the response: Journalist Brian Logan offers his explanation here, and this article has the comments open…

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Comedy of errors? Richard Herring’s complaint with Guardian article

It’s not just authors who are using blogs to voice frustration with pieces of journalism. Comedian Richard Herring (@herring1967) has written a lengthy response to this week’s Guardian G2 feature on offensive comedy.

Herring feels that quotes and examples from his shows were used out of context, giving the impression that he was a racist. Fellow comedian Dave Gorman (@davegorman) has voiced support for Herring here.

Yesterday, after receiving widespread messages of support and with a likelihood of a right to reply in the Guardian, Herring was left feeling rather more positive and enjoyed his latest gig, which coincidentally took place next door to the Guardian’s offices on Kings Place.