Jimmy Carr has sparked outrage after making a ‘vile’ joke about the Holocaust in his new Netflix show.
The comedian is accused of showing “disregard for the horror” of the Nazi genocide following the routine, which features in a stand-up special called His Dark Materials.
Prior to launching the show, the 8 Out of 10 Cats host said some of the routines it contained were “career enders”, while the blub for the program said he found “humor in the darkest of places”, The Mirror reports.
Speaking to the audience, Jimmy says: “When people talk about the Holocaust they talk about the tragedy of six million lives being lost to the Nazi war machine, but they never mention the thousands of Gypsies killed by the Nazis, because no one wants to talk about the positive.”
Jimmy Carr’s representatives have been contacted, while Netflix said it was not commenting on the matter.
The CEO of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, Olivia Marks-Woldman OBE, shared a statement which said: “We are absolutely appalled at Jimmy Carr’s comment about persecution… and horrified that gales of laughter followed his remarks.
“Hundreds of thousand of Roma and Sinti people suffered prejudice, slave labour, sterilization and mass murder simply because of their identity – these are not experiences for mockery.”
MP Nadia Whittome tweeted to say she had also written to Netflix.
She wrote: “I have written urging Netflix to remove Jimmy Carr’s vile anti-GRT and anti-Semitic material. I have also requested an update from DCMS on progress to bring streaming platforms under Ofcom regulation.”
SNP MP Martin Docherty-Hughes, co-chairman of the House of Commons All Party Parliamentary Group for Gypsies, Travelers and Roma, also said on Twitter that he was “utterly speechless at this disregard for the horror of the Holocaust”.
He added: “A community butchered by the Nazi regime. @NetflixUK care to comment?”
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