‘That was downright rude!’ GMB viewers are left in shock as journalist SHUSHES comedian who protested over a university ‘censoring’ his work – as she argues they just ‘didn’t find him funny’
- Russian-British comedian Konstantin Kisin was asked to sign a contract
- Students at London university wanted to prevent him telling offensive jokes
- During a heated debate he was shushed by journalist Rebecca Reid on GMB
- The moment was branded ‘downright rude’ by GMB viewers on Monday
A Good Morning Britain guest has been slammed by viewers for shushing a comedian during a very heated debate about censorship.
Konstantin Kisin was on the show to discuss the ‘behaviour contract’ he was asked to sign to prevent him from telling offensive jokes at a gig at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), as he criticised young people for taking his jokes ‘literally’.
Journalist Rebecca Reid suggested that the students weren’t offended but just didn’t ‘think you were funny’.
Russian-British comedian Kisin rushed to defend himself but Reid didn’t let him speak, instead shushing him with a finger to her lips so she could speak.
The action was branded ‘downright rude’ by GMB viewers, with one branding her ‘Rebecca Rude’.
Journalist Rebecca Reid (left) shushed comedian Konstantin Kisin (right) when he tried to defend himself when she said students didn’t find him ‘funny’ on Monday’s episode of Good Morning Britain
In the ‘behavioural agreement form’ he was asked to sign, Kisin was expected to promise not to make jokes that involved ‘Racism, sexism, classism, ageism, ableism, homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, xenophobia, Islamophobia or anti-religion or anti-atheism.’
Speaking on GMB, Kisin argued that students are seeing offensive jokes as proof that comedians themselves are racist, homophobic or bigoted, and not taking them with the humour intended.
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He said: ‘What this is about is people who insist on their right to take jokes literally and use it against the comedian.’
But Reid disagreed, telling him: ‘I think you’re doing some quite complicated mental arithmetic to offset the fact that people didn’t think you were funny.’
The action was branded ‘downright rude’ by GMB viewers on Twitter (pictured), with one branding her ‘Rebecca Rude’
Kisin tried to defend himself before being loudly shushed by Reid.
She said: ‘We can both talk or I can talk but I’m not going to stop talking. You had your go, I’ll have my go.’
GMB viewers took to Twitter to criticise Reid for the ‘rude’ moment.
One tweeted: ‘Put a sock in it Rebecca Reid you dont know what you’re talking about and you’re down right bloody rude shushing the other guest.’
Kisin (pictured on GMB) was asked to sign a ‘behaviour contract’ to prevent him from telling offensive jokes at a gig at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
Rebecca (left) was trying to stop Kisin (right) from interrupting her after she tried to argue her point during the heated debate
Another posted: ‘Of all the rude people I have ever seen on GMB, that woman who just ‘shushed’ the comedian has been the rudest. My jaw hit the floor.’
A third said: ‘The woman talking about censor humour, how bloody rude was she by shushing the other guest with her finger. That is just rude.’
‘Would have poked that woman in the eye if she had shushed me like that! Rude!!’ a fourth wrote.
Reid explained that while she finds offensive humour herself, she believes it is not appropriate in certain circumstances.
Reid believes offensive humour is not appropriate in certain circumstances but she does find it funny herself in the right context. Pictured: Reid (left) and Kisin (right) on Good Morning Britain on Monday
She said: ‘When I come on here I’m not allowed to swear, right? That’s the deal. No swearing on breakfast television. I wont come back if I say the F-word, I won’t be invited back.
‘When you go on television there are rules, there is watershed, there’s things you can’t say so we all agree there are things you can and can’t say in a certain context. What this is is a negotiation about what you can say where. Whoever pays the piper calls the tune.’
A spokesperson for SOAS Students’ Union said it ‘does not require speakers to sign any form of contract or behavioural agreement’.
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