OK to make fat jokes on TV, says council

Jean-Francois Mercier. (CHARLES WILLIAM PELLETIER/QMI AGENCY)

Jean-Francois Mercier. (CHARLES WILLIAM PELLETIER/QMI AGENCY)

Raphael Gendron-Martin, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:49 AM ET

MONTREAL - You can make fat jokes about women on TV, according to the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council.

The Council cleared the TVA network in Quebec for running a comedy gala in 2012 where racy comedian Jean-François Mercier made several jokes about going on a blind date with an obese woman.

During the show, which was taped at a live Just for Laughs gala in Montreal, Mercier pointed at a large woman and accused her of not laughing at his fat jokes.

The woman stormed out of the show after exchanging insults with Mercier, well known in Quebec for his crude and sarcastic humour.

At the end of the show, the same woman jumped out of a giant cake, proving the whole thing was a stunt.

But a viewer of the TVA show filed a complaint, saying the jokes humiliated fat women. 

TVA defended itself by saying Mercier described himself as fat during the show.


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