Comedian Stewart Lee whips up a Twitter storm

Stewart Lee’s latest monthly newsletter, in which the comedian reviews all the culture he consumed in 2021, has resulted in reactions trending on  Twitter. The list of people on his ‘put in the Pedal Bin’ list and conversely his ‘put on a pedestal’ list has caused the biggest reaction.

More than 6000 tweets in response to his lists have been posted not all condemning the outspoken comic.  Much of the condemnation stems from his inclusion of Nimko Abi on the pedal bin list.

Nimko Ali OBE is the social activist co-founder and CEO of The Five Foundation, the global partnership to end female genital mutilation.

Actress Amanda Abbington tweeted “I used to like #StewartLee Why on earth would you say that about the glorious and wonderful woman that is @NimkoAli She is one of the most incredible females and does more for women and girls than anyone I know. Shame on him. Idiot.”

Tracey-Ann Oberman said “Anyone who can reduce @NimkoAli and her work and what she stands for by ‘putting her in the bin’ has jumped the relevance shark . Or is being perversely ironic . Similarly that same man puts Ash Sakar on his ‘pedestal’ in red. Ignore him. Pointless.”

Ironically Lee is not on Twitter nor any other form of social media but no doubt his wife, comedian Bridget Christie, will keep her husband up-to-date with events.

Stewart Lee is on tour in 2022 and as they say ‘all publicity is good publicity’.
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Here’s the lists:


On The Pedestal

The Christmas Lorry Jam Dover Sikhs

Michael Rosen, Long Covid Chronicler

Kunt & The Gang

Asian Dub Foundation

Kent Rufugee Action Network

The Kent Lorry Park Sinkhole

Mark Kermode

Fire records

Owen Jones

Marcus Rashford

Miriam Margoyles

Barbara Nice

Bob Geldof

Philip Edgar-Jones

Adam Buxton


Ken Loach

Sadiq Khan

Alexei Sayle

Alice Roberts

Janina Ramirez

Miri Rubin

Nesrine Malik

Ask Sarkar

Jana Prikryl

David Olusoga




Nish Kumar

Count Binface

Rob Auton

Johnny & The Baptists

Save Stonehenge World Heritage Site


Sam Coates

Val Doonican

Gareth Southgate

England team

Nate Mercerau

Dawn Foster


Jolyon Maugham & Good Law Project

Andrew, Eden & Leila Kotting

Lisa Nandy


Hannah Gadsby

National Trust Members

Ben Wilson, chewing gum painter

Angela Rayner

Greta Thunberg

Malala Yousafzai

Simon Kofe, Tuvalu speaker at COP26

Stella Creasy MP

Voters of North Shropshire

Kunt & The Gang again

In The Pedal Bin

Alan Yentob

Donald Trump

Toby Young

Andrew Neil

Robert Jenrick MP

Gavin Williamson MP

Gillian Keegan MP

Allegra Stratton

James Forsyth

Roger Daltrey

Bruce Dickinson

Lawrence Fox

Priti Patel MP

Tom Tugendhat MP

Desmond Swayne MP

Jacob Rees-Mogg MP

Usrula von der Leyen

Laura Kuenssberg

The Daily Telegraph

The Daily Mail

The Daily Express

Boris Johnson PM

Piers Corbyn

Michael Gove/Sarah Vine MP/WAG

All my yellow Fred Perry shirts

Dominic Raab MP

Ricky Gervais

Mumford & Sons and all their wives and dads

Piers Morgan

Stig Abell

Graham Linehan

The Daily Telegraph again

The Museum of Brexit

Clapham Common Police

Julie Burchill

Nimco Ali

Carrie Symonds

The Aspinall Foundation

Samuel Kasamu

Ben Elliot

Dr Tony Sewell CBE

Keith Fraser, Chair of the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales

Lord Ajay Kakkar, Professor of Surgery at University College London

Dr Dambisa Moyo, internationally renowned economist and author

Martyn Oliver, Chief Executive Officer of Outwood Grange Academies Trust

Naureen Khalid, experienced school governor

Aftab Chughtai MBE, Businessman

Mercy Muroki, Senior Policy Researcher, Commentator, and Columnist

Charlotte Nichols MP

Martha Gill

Vladimir Putin

David Cameron




Rishi Sunak MP


Nadim Zahawi MP

Oliver Dowden MP

Richard Tice

Chris Mason, BBC

Michelle Donelan, MP

Keenan Malik

Matthew Offord MP

All GBNEWS presenters, guests, backers, advertisers and viewers

Andrew Lloyd Webber

Grant Shapps MP

Winston Marshall of Mumford and Sons specifically

Winston Marshall’s Brexit dad specifically

Matt Handcock MP

Roy Wood

Andrew Bridgen MP

Dougie Smith

Darrell Maclaine

Giles Coren

Steve Baker MP

Lord Bethell from The Ministry of Sound

Alok Sharma MP

Desmond Swayne MP

Joe Biden

The Taliban

John Cleese

Jimmy Fallon

Nadine Dorries MP

Nica Burns

Spitting Image

Dave Chapelle


Ted Sarandos

Restore Trust

The Common Sense Group

Stephen Green

Simon Jenkin

Baron Frost



Owen Paterson

Kwasi Kwarteng

Jeff Bezos

Christian with megaphone & siren, Camden

James Goldsmith

250 Tory MPs that voted to save Owen Paterson

Geoffrey Cox MP

Van Morrison

Eric Clapton

Jaz Coleman

Private Box owners at Royal Albert Hall

Shaun Bailey

Simon Case

Maureen Lipman

One thought on “Comedian Stewart Lee whips up a Twitter storm

  1. It’s because she broke lockdown rules by being Boris and Carrie Johnson’s guest at Christmas 2020. Nice to see these irrelevant actresses truthfully nailing their colours to the Tory mast for once

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