Olympic swimming champion Rebecca Adlington has formally complained to the BBC that it let comedian Frankie Boyle off with \’a slap on the wrist\’ over jokes that caused her deep hurt.
The double gold medal winner at last year\’s Beijing Olympics has demanded an explanation from the BBC Trust over why it chose not to punish the comic for \’outrageous\’ slurs that left her \’humiliated\’.
And her agent has called for the BBC to ban Boyle over his comments.
During an episode of BBC2\’s satirical show Mock the Week last year, soon after Miss Adlington\’s Olympic triumph, Boyle said she resembled \’someone looking at themselves in the back of a spoon\’ and followed up with sexual innuendo.
Sorry, but this sort of thing goes with the territory.
No, it wasn\’t kind, it wasn\’t nice and it wasn\’t polite.
But fame brings both adulation and insult. And this free speech thing means you don\’t get to choose which other people offer about you.