SHOULD A JOKE BE WOKE?
With Andrew Doyle, creator of Titania McGrath
And journalist Yasmin Albhai-Brown
Are increasing sensitivities stifling comedians, long seen as a bastion of free speech, and encroaching on their freedom to confront sensitive subjects with humour? Or is it right that stand-ups and writers are being called out to justify demeaning comments about already marginalised groups that could normalise abuse? Is comedy excused anything? Does it not have a role in making a better society? Or do those who object to controversial jokes make martyrs of the politically incorrect? Is ‘free speech’ really ever free?
Journalist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown – author of In Defence of Political Correctness – will be in spirited conversation with the comedian Andrew Doyle, who satirises identity politics with his Twitter persona Titania McGrath, author of the ‘mxnifesto’ Woke: A Guide to Social Justice.