Janey Godley posted a statement on her Twitter profile after historic tweets from her account led to calls for her not to appear in an upcoming pantomime. In several of the “offensive” and “deeply hurtful” posts, she branded disabled people “spazzy” and asked which part of Chernobyl another “fat c**t” came from.
Ms Godley shot to fame over the pandemic by parodying Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s Covid press conferences on social media.
[A strong supporter of both the SNP and independence, she was also paid £12,000 by taxpayers for a Covid social media campaign for the Scottish Government.
News of the outrageous comments led Scottish Tory MSP Douglas Lumsden to write to Aberdeen theatre – which Ms Godley is due to perform in December – about concerns over her language.
Before this, the 60-year-old performer apologised and wrote: “These historic tweets that people have quite rightly found offensive are deeply hurtful and shows my lack of empathy and zero self-awareness and come from a time of ignorance in my life.
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“Comedy is no excuse for shocking and hurting people with words. I will endeavour to be better in future.
“There are fake tweets that were created to threaten me, but notwithstanding, the ones I wrote, I take responsibility for.”
It concluded: “During the course of this pandemic, I have tried to keep everyone’s spirits up and at the same time highlight the dangers.
“I am passionate about this and will continue to help in any way I can.”
Her apology did not satisfy Mr Lumsden, who tweeted: “I’m actually aghast that the SNP Government paid ‘comedian’ Janey Godley £12k to do an advert.
“The utter stinking hypocrisy of Nationalists complaining about other people giving out contracts to friends etc.”
Ms Godley is set to appear in the Beauty and the Beast pantomime production at His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen, in December.