Jimmy Carr Under Fire Over ‘Sick’ Traveller Joke In Netflix Special

Jimmy Carr has been branded 'sick' over a traveller joke in his new Netflix special, His Dark Material. 
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Jimmy Carr, who recently admitted that he ‘lost his virginity at 26 years old,’ has been branded ‘sick’ over a traveller joke he made in his new Netflix special, His Dark Material

In the sketch, the comedian revealed that there were ‘positives’ in regards to the Holocaust, which shocked many viewers.

He said: “Okay strap in everyone. Are you ready? When people talk about the Holocaust, they talk about the tragedy and horror of six million Jewish lives being lost to the Nazi war machine.

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“But they never mention the thousands of gipsies that were killed by the Nazis.

“No one ever wants to talk about that, because no one ever wants to talk about the positives.”

The Traveller Movement, a charity that challenges discrimination against the community, took to Twitter and blasted the ‘joke’.

The tweet read: “This is truly disturbing and goes way beyond humour. We need all your support in calling this out. #StopTravellerHate.”  

In response, one Twitter user wrote: “I am sickened to my stomach and will never watch this heathen of a man again.

“The suffering and horrors that these people, men, women and little children experienced and he gets a cheap laugh out of it. You disgust me.” 

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“Racism against Roma and Traveller people is a disgusting part of British society,” wrote a second. “Shame on Jimmy Carr.”

A third penned: “It’s estimated that around 75% of Europe’s gypsy and Roma population were murdered in the Holocaust.

“Take @jimmycarr off the air and cancel all his projects immediately.”

It’s not the first time the 49-year-old has gotten into trouble for making comments about travellers. Previously, he appeared on Radio 4’s Loose Ends and implied all ‘Gypsy women smell’.

At the time, the BBC apologised for the remark, after an inquiry was made. 

It read: “This joke should never have been transmitted. We apologise unreservedly for any offence caused.”

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Written by Aimee Walker

Aimee is a senior content editor at IGV who specialises in finding the best original stories, trending topics and entertainment news. She graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Media and Communications.