Photograph by Martin ShieldsAs social media went mental about the Witsherface comedy routine at the SIC Reassembly event, they issued this statement in response to the ‘controversy’:

We’ve been asked a few questions today – here’s some answers:

Karen Dunbar’s Witsherface sketch accused of homophobic content! Seriously?

Following all of the furore on social media in reaction to all female comedy collective, Witsherface’s sketch that portrayed Kezia Dugdale, Nicola Sturgeon, Mhairi Black and Ruth Davidson in a satirical ‘rap off’ at the Scottish Independence event at St Lukes, in Glasgow last Sunday, The Telegraph printed an article and social media channels lit up with accusations of homophobia for describing Ruth Davidson as ‘dykey’ in the rap!

This particular sketch was co-written by Witsherface co-founder, actress and comedian Karen Dunbar.

Karen Dunbar explains,

“As a gay woman who has experienced horrendous homophobia, I feel confused that anyone could interpret anything in the rap as being homophobic. If my work has offended anyone it was not my intention. My sole purpose with this sketch was to create a comic rap about our current female political leaders. Any accusation that myself or Witsherface is homophobic, is utterly ridiculous!”

Maureen Carr, comedy actress and Witsherface’s original founder explains:

“As an all female comedy collective of approximately 45 women of varying ages and sexuality, it has been sheer comedy to see this entire scenario play out on social media and in the press as many activists try and create political gain in battering pro independence supporters and Witsherface as being homophobic! It’s great to see so many people defending ‘gay people’ …including those that didn’t actually see the sketch!”

Witsherface has set out to create a platform for young comedians and actresses to cut their teeth and get experience to get into the business. We are immensely proud to see our main political parties led by women. They are great role models for young women coming up and we extend an open invitation to all of our politicians, to all of our future gigs.

The messages of criticism and outrage have been interesting to say the least.

We would ask that people have a good think before they attack and we would also request that everyone’s sense of humour returns. When did Scots lose the ability to take a gentle ribbing and have a good laugh at themselves. Politicians, whatever their colour or creed are always fair game when it comes to comedy. ‘Twas ever thus, and should remain so in a healthy society.’


[see also Paul Kavanagh here] Follow them at @WhatsHerFaceComedy