1st Feb 18 Austin Clark
Shelter rejects Dapper Laughs’ charity donation
Daniel O’Reilly (aka Dapper Laughs) has had an offer of donating to Shelter, through proceeds of a novelty Christmas album on Spotify, called Proper Naughty Christmas, rejected by the charity.
The comedian stated he had intended to donate to the homeless charity through sales of his album, with track listings including A Walk To The Pub…With A Tramp, Cracking On To A Sweetheart and Leaving The Pub…With A Tramp. The album however has been criticised for its attempt at comedy involving the homeless and sexist themes.
On the issue of donations, Shelter’s official Twitter account stated that it would not accept any donations from the comedian “no matter how small“.
In addition, Shelter’s CEO Campbell Robb has said, “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.”
Since the statement by Shelter and an altercation on Twitter, comedian Dapper Laughs has apologised for the “sexist and offensive” nature of his Christmas album. In a statement, the comedian said: “I think it’s important that if we overstep the mark and cause upset that we apologise. I’d like to say sorry to those people who I have upset by my comments.”