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Twitter backlash over Frankie Boyle Paralympic and Queen jokes

Artists perform with umbrellas during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympics at the Olympic Stadium on August 29, 2012
Artists perform with umbrellas during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympics at the Olympic Stadium on August 29, 2012
Artists perform during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympics at the Olympic Stadium on August 29, 2012 in London
A large-scale replica of Marc Quinn's sculpture, 'Alison Lapper Pregnant', emerges from the book stage during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympics
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 29: (EDITORS NOTE: THIS IMAGE WAS CREATED WITH A FISH EYE LENS) Fireworks light up the stadium as the Paralympic Cauldron burns during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympics at the Olympic Stadium on August 29, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 29: An artisrt performs during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympics at the Olympic Stadium on August 29, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 29: An artisrt performs during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympics at the Olympic Stadium on August 29, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 29: Powerlifter Faris Al-Ajeeli of Iraq carries the flag during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympics at the Olympic Stadium on August 29, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 29: (L-R) Sir Philip Craven MBE, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympics at the Olympic Stadium on August 29, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 29: (L-R) LOCOG chairman Lord Sebastian Coe, Nicola Coe, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Samantha Cameron, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Anne, Princess Royal and London Mayor Boris Johnson and his wife Marina Wheeler applaud during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympics at the Olympic Stadium on August 29, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 29: (EDITORS NOTE: THIS IMAGE WAS CREATED WITH A FISH EYE LENS) Fireworks light up the stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympics at the Olympic Stadium on August 29, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 29: (L-R) IOC President Jacques Rogge, Jocelyne Craven, Sir Philip Craven MBE, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Sophie, Countess of Wessex and LOCOG chairman Lord Sebastian Coe look on during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympics at the Olympic Stadium on August 29, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 29: Powerlifter Rasha Alshikh of Syria carries the flag during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympics at the Olympic Stadium on August 29, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 29: Aerial perfomers during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympics at the Olympic Stadium on August 29, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 29: Igniting the 'big bang' during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympics at the Olympic Stadium on August 29, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 29: Fireworks light up the stadium as the Paralympic Cauldron burns during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympics at the Olympic Stadium on August 29, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 29: The Paralympic flag is carried by members of the Great Britain U22 Wheelchair basketball team during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympics at the Olympic Stadium on August 29, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 29: (L-R) Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge look on during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympics at the Olympic Stadium on August 29, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 29: A large scale reproduction of Marc Quinn's celebrated sculpture ÂAlison Lapper Pregnant emerges during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympics at the Olympic Stadium on August 29, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 29: A large scale reproduction of Marc Quinn's celebrated sculpture ÂAlison Lapper Pregnant emerges during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympics at the Olympic Stadium on August 29, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Great Britain's Mark Lee Colbourne waves to the crowd after winning a silver medal in the velodrome
Professor Stephen Hawking during the Opening Ceremony for the London Paralympic Games
Sarah Storey won Britain's first gold medal in the women's individual pursuit
Rumours that Paralympians covered the Atol sponsor logo at the opening ceremony were denied by Locog
Sally Brown
Bethany Firth
Michael McKillop
Jason Smyth
Eilish Byrne
James Brown
Laurence McGivern
Sharon Vennard
A torchbearing team carries the Paralympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg through Westminster
Some 3,500 military personnel will be involved with security at the Paralympics, compared with 12,200 at the Olympics
Fireworks at Belfast City Hall after the lighting of the cauldron with the Paralympic flame
Simon Weston (left) and Nazim Erdem perform a kiss with the Welsh National Flame during the parade to the evening celebration site
Simon Weston lights the Welsh National Flame cauldron at the evening celebration site, Cardiff, Wales
Simon Weston lights the Welsh National Flame cauldron at the evening celebration site, Cardiff, Wales
Torchbearer Robyn Johnson hands over the Paralympic flame to torchbearer Nazim Erdem outside the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 29: Sir Ian McKellen performs with Miranda during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympics at the Olympic Stadium on August 29, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Channel 4 comic Frankie Boyle has courted controversy once more with a series of poor-taste online comments about the opening of the Paralympics which his station is championing.

His comments have already drawn condemnation from many Twitter users including Olympic silver medallist Lizzie Armitstead who said: "Frankie Boyle isn't funny."

The comedian joked that the Saudi Arabian team at the competition are "mainly thieves", referring to how some criminals have had their hands removed for stealing.

In another message he posted to Twitter during the opening ceremony, he said: "I'm going down to the blind football to shout that the referee's a deaf bastard."

In 2009 Boyle was censured by the BBC Trust for comments about Olympic swimmer Rebecca Adlington, following her gold-winning success at Beijing the previous year.

His remarks, made during an edition of the Mock The Week TV programme, were ruled to be offensive but no further action was taken, which prompted her agent to complain about the "slap on the wrist" when Adlington had been humiliated.

Boyle returned to Channel 4 - the official Paralympics broadcaster - earlier this week with The Boyle Variety Performance. A previous series for the station, Tramadol Nights, prompted more than 500 complaints after he mocked Katie Price's disabled son.

His Tweets last night also targeted the Queen who declared the Games open during the ceremony at the Olympic Stadium in east London.

"The Queen hasn't cracked a smile since Diana died," he said.

In another message he said: "I'd love to have the skill and dedication of some of these Paralympians, almost as much as I'd like to have their meds."

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