Brass Eye's sharp mockery of celebrities made the show prominent in the press, but it wasn't until the paedophilia special in 2001 that tabloids, politicians and viewers really turned on the show.
Celebrities were tricked into appearing on the programme endorsing the fictional charity 'Nonce Sense', with DJ Doctor Fox describing how 'paedophiles have more genes in common with crabs than they do with you and me...Now that is scientific fact - there's no real evidence for it - but it is scientific fact'. Richard Blackwood also informed parents to be aware of the fumes paedophiles could make computer keyboards emit in order to intoxicate children, even sniffing a keyboard and commenting how it made him feel 'suggestible'.
Outraged at the inclusion of a six-year old and the leader of militant pro-paedophile group MILIT-PEDE commenting that he just didn't fancy him, the programme received many complaints. The Daily Star then featured an article condemning the show - juxtaposed with an article about 15 year-old Charlotte Church's breasts with the headline 'She's a big girl now.'