The Call On “Rape Jokes” That Left Shelagh Fogarty Shaking With Anger

7 May 2019, 15:33 | Updated: 7 May 2019, 15:39

Shelagh Fogarty was left shaking with anger when this caller told her that people who don’t find “rape jokes” funny should grow a “thicker skin”.

The pair clashed as police investigated whether a Ukip candidate in the European elections broke the law by saying he “might” rape Labour MP Jess Phillips.

Carl Benjamin made the suggestion in a video posted online.

Ms Phillips said publicity surrounding the video had led to a “torrent” of similar abuse, and a normalisation of threats of sexual violence.

Shelagh Fogarty cut off a caller during a row over "rape jokes"
Shelagh Fogarty cut off a caller during a row over "rape jokes". Picture: LBC

James phoned Shelagh to defend Mr Benjamin, saying it was “quite obviously a joke”.

“It’s all about the context,” he said.

“People should have the freedom to speak their mind. You’ve got be able to have the right to be wrong.”

He added: “People have got to grow a thicker skin.”

As the heated clash rumbled on, Shelagh repeatedly asked James: “Is collaborating a woman for rape an opinion or an offence?”

And when he would not give her a straight answer, she cut him off, finishing: “Goodbye! You’re no longer fit to be on the airwaves.”

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