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Shelter rejects comic's donations

Homeless charity Shelter has rejected donations from a comedian whose jokes have been branded "sexist and offensive to homeless people".

Daniel O'Reilly rose to fame on the video sharing app Vine before securing his ITV2 show Dapper Laughs, but has been widely criticised for his style of comedy which revolves around "lad culture".

His plans to donate the proceeds of his new Christmas album to the homeless were shot down by Shelter who said they felt compelled to take a stand against his jokes.

In one song on his album called A Walk To The Pub.. With A Tramp he tells a homeless man he "smells of s***".

On his Twitter feed he has sent posts including: "Just gave my number to a homeless woman (cracking boobs tho, not sure if her top was low cut or just ripped) closed with: your place or mine."

Shelter's CEO Campbell Robb said in a statement: "The fact that 90,000 children will wake up homeless this Christmas is no joke.

"Dapper Laughs's brand of 'comedy' - which is deeply offensive about homeless people, not to mention many others - is something we felt it was important to take a stand against.

"The support from the public has been overwhelming and we've seen a fantastic rise in donations as a result, meaning Shelter can help even more people this Christmas."

Responding to a critical review online, Dapper Laughs tweeted: "As stupid as it is I made this to raise money for the homeless let's hope u haven't stopped that."

The album has been posted to Spotify, wh ere artists are believed to generate around half a penny every time a song is played.

Shelter has started to receive donations from supporters who are in agreement with the charity's decision to reject any money raised.

Eleanor Guthrie tweeted: "Just donated to @Shelter £1 for every "Dapper Laughs" track I won't be listening to"

The comedian was recently forced to call off his entire tour of Wales after nearly 1,000 people signed a petition demanding Cardiff University Student's Union cancel a performance because of its "sexist and inappropriate" content.

One of his recent tweets said: "Remember, its only sexual harassment if she's more attractive then you".

An ITV spokesman said about the ITV2 show: "Dapper Laughs: On The Pull features an established internet comedy character created by Daniel O'Reilly. ITV2 commissioned a show in which this character is placed within a recognisable TV format, a dating advice show.

"Comedy is subjective and we realise the content of the show might not be to everyone's taste. We regret that any of our viewers were offended. However, as with all of our shows, the series content was carefully considered, complied and deemed suitable for broadcast."


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