Jimmy Carr faces backlash over ‘disturbing’ Holocaust joke about Travelers

Jimmy Carr has been criticized for a “truly disturbing” joke made about the traveling community and the Holocaust in Netflix special His Dark Material.

The comedian, known for his stand-up and roles on shows like 8 Out Of 10 Cats, issued a “trigger warning” to the audience at the beginning of his one-hour special, admitting his performance contained “terrible things.”

In a widely-shared clip from the show, Carr joked about the horror of the Holocaust and “six million Jewish lives being lost.”

As a punchline, the 49-year-old then made a disparaging remark about the deaths of thousands of Gypsies at the hands of the Nazis.

In a tweet referencing the joke, The Traveler Movement – ​​a charity supporting the traveler community in the UK, said: “This is truly disturbing and goes way beyond humour.

“We need all your support in calling this out #StopTravellerHate @StopFundingHate.”

The charity have now launched a petition to Netflix calling for the “removal of the segments of His Dark Material which celebrates the Romani genocide”.

In a tweet, Nadia Whittome, Labor MP for Nottingham East, has also urged Netflix to remove Carr’s “vile anti-GRT and antisemitic material”.

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In a synopsis of the programme, which aired on Christmas Day, it says the special features jokes which are “career enders”.

Similarly, a not-for-profit organization the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust shared a statement on Twitter from their CEO Olivia Marks-Woldman who was “horrified” to hear “gales of laughter” following Carr’s remarks.

Karen Pollock, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, added on Twitter: “These comments from Jimmy Carr are beyond tasteless.

“The targeting of Roma and Sinti during the Holocaust is no laughing matter. Deeply offensive. I also don’t understand how this was aired @netflix.”

Hope Not Hate, the anti-fascism and anti-racism campaigning group, also condemned the comedian’s joke on Friday.

In a tweet, they said: “Comedy is an amazing tool for progressive change and it’s such a shame that @jimmycarr decided to use his platform to celebrate the murder of one of the most marginalized groups in society.”

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The Auschwitz Memorial called for Carr to “learn about the fate of some 23 thousand Roma & Sinti deported to Auschwitz” in a tweet to their 1.2 million followers.

They added: “It’s sad to hear words that can fuel prejudice, hurt people & defile memory of their tragedy.”

Sharing a statement on Twitter, the charity Friends, Families, Travelers has said it is “disgusted and outraged” by the comedian’s comments, adding that murder is “no laughing matter”.

A representative for Carr has been contacted for comment.


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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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