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Calls for Michael Gove to be sacked after making Harvey Weinstein rape joke live on the BBC

The Conservative Environment Secretary Michael Gove has sparked a furious backlash today after making a crude and highly insensitive rape joke about Harvey Weinstein live on BBC Radio 4 this morning.

Despite the fact that making fun of actual rape is so obviously in incredibly poor taste, Michael Gove’s ‘joke’ was received with ‘guffaws’ by the assembled Radio 4 audience.

Gove’s coarse comments were also met with laughs from host John Humphrys as well as studio guest Neil Kinnock.

However, users on social media have roundly condemned Gove’s comments, describing them as ‘foul and despicable’, ‘vile’ and ‘disgraceful, with some also calling for the Tory Minister to be sacked.

Gove’s highly insensitive comments come just days after comedian James Corden was forced into an apology after making a series of similar jokes at the amfAR Gala in Los Angeles last Friday.

However, on Radio 4’s Today at 60 programme this morning Michael Gove japed that going into the Radio 4 studio was:

…like going into Harvey Weinstein’s bedroom – you hope to emerge with your dignity intact

Controversial BBC presenter Nick Robinson was one of the first to report Gove’s comments, which quickly sparked a furious backlash on Twitter:

With Labour MP Jared O’Mara being suspended for similar vile comments earlier this week, significant pressure is already being put on Theresa May to follow suit and suspend Michael Gove from the Conservative party.

After being roundly criticised for making a mockery of sexual assault, Michael Gove has since apologised for his comments:

However, with Labour having already set a precedent by suspending O’Mara for his crude comments made several years ago, the pressure on Theresa to withdraw the whip from Michael Gove for his disgraceful comments today will surely only intensify.

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