Stephen Fry the latest BBC star to offend another country as his Japan trip is cancelled.

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Stephen Fry has had his trip to Japan scrapped after a ill judged A-bomb joke during his QI show has caused offence in the host country.

With the BBC having to apologise for Top Gear’s comments about Mexico, they faced a second storm as Fry and his guests joked about the A-bomb.

Plans for Stephen Fry to film part of a documentary series in Japan have been shelved after complaints about nuclear bomb jokes in his quiz show QI.

The episode in question was broadcast last month and saw Alan Davies and Fry discuss Tsutomu Yamaguchi, the only man believed to have survived both Atomic bomb explosions during the second world war.

Mr Yamaguchi got burnt in the first Hiroshima bomb, and then travelled by train to Nagaski only to get hit by the second bomb three days later.

Alan Davies suggested that the bomb had landed on Tsutomu and “bounced off”. Fry also went on to express his amazement that the trains were even running after the first bomb.

As with the comments about Mexico on Top Gear, it was the embassy of Japan who were first to complain, saying that the BBC were making light of the two bomb attacks which had killed a quarter of a million Japanese civilians.

The BBC responded by apologising, acknowledging the sensitivity of the subject for Japanese viewers.

Do you think we’ve now reached a stage where humour is impossible, or are these countries right to complain about our jokes?

Comments & Debate

  1. February 8, 2011 at 10:32 am Alejandro Adame Commented:

    The question here is not that of drawing strict lines about what people ought or ought-not to say, but that making jokes showing insensitivity or ignorance about an individual or a nation who is not taking part in the joke interchange isn’t exactly the best way to promote good relations.

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