Jimmy Carr’s new Netflix special, His Dark Material, came under fire this month due to a joke about travellers which many viewers claimed was racis
Jimmy Carr’s new Netflix special, His Dark Material, came under fire this month due to a joke about travellers which many viewers claimed was racist. Fellow comic Jack Dee appeared on Good Morning Britain on Monday and defended the routine, as he felt the state shouldn’t have to intervene with offensive jokes.
Viewers were outraged by a moment in Jimmy’s new special in which he joked the killing of travellers was a benefit of the Holocaust.
His comment sparked uproar on social media, but there has also been considerable debate about whether comedians should be censored for offensive material.
On Monday’s Good Morning Britain, Richard Madeley asked Radio 4 mainstay what he thought of the resulting furore.
He explained: “I think these things come round and they go. Jimmy set it up as an unacceptable thing to say.”
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Jimmy’s new special intentionally pushed the boundaries of what can be said during a comedy routine, though some viewers felt a number of gags went too far.
However, other viewers have pointed out the special was released over Christmas, and the backlash only erupted when the joke started trending several weeks later.
“A month later someone got hold of it and tried to make a storm out of very little,” Jack added.
The comedian suggested the joke’s offensive subject matter wasn’t a big deal.
Jack has been the chairman of the comedy radio series I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue since 2009, which is also known for peppering adult humour and innuendos throughout the pre-watershed programme.
Contrastly, Jimmy’s platform on the age-restricted streaming service Netflix allowed him to tackle issues such as sexual assault and Black Lives Matter with his signature provocative and explicit style.
He also made sure to warn the audience at the start of the special, saying: “Before we start, a quick trigger warning, tonight’s show contains jokes about terrible things.
“Terrible things that may have affected you and the people that you love.”