Jimmy Carr faces criticism for ‘disturbing’ Holocaust hoax on travelers

Jimmy Carr has come under fire for a “truly disturbing” joke about the traveling community and the Holocaust in the 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 start of his hour-long special, admitting his performance contained “terrible stuff.”

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

To top it off, the 49-year-old made a derogatory comment about the death of thousands of Roma at the hands of the Nazis.

In a tweet referencing the prank, The Traveler Movement, a charity that supports the UK travel community, said: “This is really disturbing and goes way beyond humour.

“We need your full support to call this #StopTravellerHate @StopFundingHate.”

The charity has now launched a petition to Netflix asking for the “removal of His Dark Material segments celebrating the Roma genocide”.

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

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In a synopsis for the show, which aired on Christmas Day, it says that the special features jokes that are “career endings”.

Similarly, the nonprofit Holocaust Memorial Day Trust shared a statement on Twitter from its CEO, Olivia Marks-Woldman, who was “appalled” to hear “storms of laughter” after Carr’s comments.

Karen Pollock, executive director of the Holocaust Educational Trust, added on Twitter: “These comments by Jimmy Carr are beyond insipid.

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

Hope Not Hate, the campaign group against fascism and racism, also condemned the comedian’s joke on Friday.

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

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The Auschwitz Memorial urged Carr to “learn the fate of some 23,000 Roma and Sinti deported to Auschwitz” in a tweet to his 1.2 million followers.

They added: “It is sad to hear words that can feed prejudice, hurt people and desecrate the memory of their tragedy.”

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

A representative for Carr was 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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