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Jimmy Carr’s Netflix Holocaust special remarks condemned by UK Culture Secretary and anti-hate groups

Jimmy Car faces criticism from UK politicians and anti-hate groups for part of his latest Netflix special Its dark materialsin which he evokes the Nazi genocide of the Roma during the Holocaust.

During the special which aired on the streamer on December 25, 2021, Carr makes remarks on dwarfism, Boy Scout sexual abuse, Bill Cosby and cancel culture, among other topics. But in part of the British-Irish comedian and TV presenter’s one-hour special for the streamer, he discusses the mass murder of Roma and Sinti during the Holocaust.

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“When people talk about the Holocaust, they talk about the tragedy and horror of six million Jewish lives lost to the Nazi war machine,” he said. “But they never mention the thousands of Gypsies who were killed by the Nazis. Nobody ever wants to talk about it, because nobody ever wants to talk about the positives.

This part of his special made the rounds on social media on Friday, and in response several UK politicians and anti-hate groups responded, including The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, a charity set up and funded by the UK government to promote and support Holocaust Memorial Day. .

“We are absolutely appalled by Jimmy Carr’s commentary on the persecution Roma and Sinti suffered under Nazi oppression, and horrified that peals of laughter followed his remarks,” said Olivia Marks-Woldman, Managing Director of the trust, in a press release. statement posted on Twitter.

“Hundreds of thousands of Roma and Sinti have suffered prejudice, forced labour, sterilization and mass murder simply because of their identity – these are not experiences of mockery,” she added. .

An estimated 200,000 to 500,000 Roma and Sinti were murdered by the Nazis during the Holocaust, according to the Trust.

In its own social media statement which was tweeted directly from Carr’s account, the Auschwitz Memorial wrote, “It’s sad to hear words that can fuel prejudice, hurt people, and taint the memory of their tragedy.”

Labor MPs Nadia Whittome and Zarah Sultana also condemned Carr’s comments, with Whittome urging Netflix to remove Carr’s “vile anti-GRT and anti-Semitic material”.

“Making fun of racist genocide has no place in comedy or in a decent society,” Sultana wrote, also calling for it to be removed. “I’m calling @netflix to remove this preposterous material.”

UK Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries has suggested new laws to hold streamers like Netflix accountable for delivering content like Carr’s before calling her special statements ‘no comedy’ and ‘odious’ during a Saturday appearance on BBC Breakfast.

“We are looking at legislation through the Media Bill, which would implement these comments from other video-on-demand outlets like Netflix,” she said, according to the Guardian.

“We don’t have the ability now, legally, to hold Netflix accountable for this, but we will very soon,” she later added.

In the special, Carr describes the joke as “fucking funny” and “edgy as hell”, while noting general ignorance about how Roma and Sinti were targets of the Nazis’ murderous campaign. .

“It’s a joke about the worst thing that’s ever happened in human history, and people say, ‘Never forget.’ Well, that’s how I remember. I keep talking about it,” Carr said. “There’s an educational quality to it. As everyone in the room knows, six million Jews lost their lives. against the Nazis in World War II. But many people don’t know, because it’s not really taught in our schools, that the Nazis also killed, by the thousands, Gypsies, homosexuals, disabled people and Jehovah’s witnesses.

The special begins with a general note on its content, with Carr telling the audience, “Trigger Warning: Tonight’s show contains jokes about terrible things. Terrible things that may have affected you and the people you love. But these are just jokes. These are not terrible things.

“There’s a huge difference between making a rape joke,” Carr says, stopping to laugh, “And making a rape…I fucking hope.”

The Hollywood Reporter has contacted Netflix for comment.

The controversy is the latest in a string of Holocaust comments and remarks made on Netflix specials that have drawn criticism online. View co-host Whoopi Goldberg was suspended from the show for two weeks after comments she made about the Holocaust not being about race, stating that Nazi Germans and Jews were ” two groups of white people”. Last fall, Netflix was also embroiled in a widespread Dave Chappelle controversy. The closest special, which was heavily criticized for transphobic jokes and sparked a walkout by Netflix employees.

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