Jimmy Carr’s pal Victoria Coren Mitchell disappears from Twitter after defending comic

Victoria Coren Mitchell came to the defense of pal Jimmy Carr at the weekend – and disappeared from Twitter soon after.

The Eight Out of Ten Cats comedian has hit headlines over the past few days after an ‘abhorrent’ joke about the Holocaust came to light from his recent Netflix special.

The comic sparked outrage in a new show His Dark Materials when he referred to the systematic persecution and deaths of hundreds of thousands of Roma and Sinti Travelers at the hands of the Nazis.

In the now viral clip from his new show, Jimmy said that people “never mention the thousands of Gypsies that were killed by the Nazis” because “no one ever wants to talk about the positives.”

The special was launched on Christmas Day in 2021 and Netflix now faces pressure to remove the segment.

Carr has been slammed for the move by figures such as Paddy Doherty from My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding and the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust chief executive Olivia Marks-Woldman.

Only Connect star Victoria Coren Mitchell took to Twitter to defend her friend and called him a “decent” man.

And it didn’t go down well with his critics.

Victoria tweeted: “While I’m here, might take a moment to mention I also love @JimmyCarr, a close friend who’s made about a thousand jokes I wouldn’t make myself, as a stage performer, but as a man is full of goodness and kindness. He’s a properly decent person.”

Her comments on the controversy left some fans infuriated as one follower clapped back: “Do you think you would be similarly quick to defend him if he’d made a joke defending the murder of Jews in the Holocaust?”

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To which Victoria replied: “Yes. It’s not about the joke.”

Another Twitter user quizzed the star on ‘why she wouldn’t make the same joke as Jimmy’.

In response, she shared: “I wouldn’t for all the reasons people are offended by it, and about 12 more besides. And yet Jimmy is a kind person, and I said so knowing what misunderstandings and bile would come, because it’s true.” and because I’m not a fairweather friend. But I think I’ll go to bed now.”

Victoria, married to Peep Show star David Mitchell, finished off the Twitter thread by telling fans she will be taking a break and disappearing for a few days following her tweet defending Carr.

“In traditional fashion I’m not going to look at Twitter for a few days, so I’m sorry if I miss things. You can only try and do what you think is right in any situation. Forster said (as well as “ Only Connect”)” she wrote.

Victoria then added the quote: ““If I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country.” I wasn’t defending the joke. Have a lovely Sunday, and see you at some point for lighter exchanges.”

Carr’s words have been condemned by Traveler and Roma organisations, anti-fascist charities and The Auschwitz Memorial among others, and a petition has now been launched calling on Netflix to remove the ‘vile’ content.

The petition, by organization The Traveler Movement, described his words as “nothing short of a celebration of genocide”.

It calls on Carr to apologize, and for Netflix to ‘remove this segment from the special’.

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George Holan

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

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