Brand appearing on Victoria Coren Mitchell’s Heresy talk show, on Tuesday evening, questioned why protesters were using milkshakes when they could use battery acid. Brand made the comments in the wake of a series of milkshake attacks against individuals including Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage. The 61-year-old went on to say the idea was “purely a fantasy” and had no intention of carrying it out. In reply to a question about the current state of politics, she said: “Well, yes I would say that but that’s because certain unpleasant characters are being thrown to the fore.
“And they’re very, very easy to hate and I’m kind of thinking: ‘Why bother with a milkshake when you could get some battery acid?
“That’s just me. I’m not going to do it, it’s purely a fantasy, but I think milkshakes are pathetic, I honestly do, sorry.”
At the end of show, broadcasting host, Coren Mitchell, said that she hoped Brand’s remarks had not caused offence but added the radio series had been set up to “test the boundaries of what it’s okay to say and not say”.
BBC chiefs later said her remarks were made during a comedy programme and were “not intended to be taken seriously”.
A BBC spokesman said: “Heresy is a long-running comedy programme where, as the title implies and as our listeners know, panellists often say things which are deliberately provocative and go against societal norms but are not intended to be taken seriously.”
Meanwhile, Mr Farage slammed the comedian’s comments and called for police action.
He wrote on Twitter: “This is incitement of violence and the police need to act.”
The offensive comments has also sparked a public backlash.
One listener said: “Joking about throwing battery acid at politicians instead of milkshakes — how is this in any way acceptable?”
While another said: “If Joe Public made such a suggestion they would be arrested.”
Broadcasting watchdog Ofcom said it had received 19 complaints about the episode.