Supporters of a group calling itself ‘Feile For All’ have held a protest in west Belfast to call for Frankie Boyle’s removal as a headline festival act.
The group was set up to oppose the Scottish comedian’s scheduled appearance at the Feile an Phobail next month over material he has used poking fun at the disabled – including those with Down’s syndrome.
Among those gathered outside the festival organiser’s offices on the Falls Road on Friday were young people with Down’s and their parents.
Boyle has also faced criticism in recent times for using jokes about model Katie Price’s disabled son Harvey.
The festival website says the organisers are “beyond thrilled” to have “one of the finest living comedians over in west Belfast for this year’s Féile celebrations”.
Tickets for the August 7 show cost £25.
Boyle’s recent television appearances have included hosting Live At The Apollo and the BBC show Frankie Boyle’s Election Autopsy.
There has been no indication that the festival will drop Boyle at the eleventh hour due to the adverse publicity.
On Friday the comedian tweeted that he was looking forward to the Belfast date, which he promised would be “a belter”.