David Baddiel says he was never sexist despite being poster boy for lad culture

David Baddiel might have been one of the "poster boys" for the lad generation in the 1990s, but he claims he was never misogynistic.

The comedian admits that some of the things he did back then – including appearing on a lad’s mag cover next to a woman whose top was being pulled off – were "not great".

Baddiel was one of the most popular comics of the decade for his partnerships with stand-up Rob Newman and then Frank Skinner on their Fantasy Football League TV show, followed by their hit football anthem Three Lions for the Euro 1996 tournament.

Kirsty Young quizzed him on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs about how he feels now, looking back from a #MeToo era perspective, about being one of the leading figures of the "badly-behaved generation of men".

Baddiel said: "Well, I’m comfortable if you actually go and look at the work, because truth is always in the detail."

Baddiel referred to his "brilliant" friend, comedian and writer Alexei Sayle, who several years ago referred to he and Skinner in an interview as being "misogynistic".

The comic said Sayle’s comment did not cause them to "fall out", but that he did challenge him over it.
Baddiel said: "I said: ‘Alexei, why have you said this? Can you show me any example of us being misogynistic?’

"And he said: ‘No, I can’t, sorry – I just said it."’

Young replied that perhaps Sayle had not seen Baddiel and Skinner on the front cover of lad culture magazine Loaded in 1996, which saw Skinner pulling the football shirt from her body and in which they were both "looking leery at her".

Baddiel replied: "I’m not looking leery, actually."

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