Jimmy Carr’s joke about Roma ‘deeply disturbing’ says No. 10 | Sajid Javid – Post World

Jimmy Carr’s comment about the Gypsy, Roma and Traveler communities was “deeply disturbing,” Downing Street said, but declined to say channels should stop showing the comedian.

The answer came afterwards Sajid Javid, the health secretary, suggested viewers boycott Carr after a much-condemned segment of his Netflix special His Dark Material.

Carr joked on the horror of “6 million Jewish lives lost” before pointing out that the deaths of “thousands of Gypsies” at the hands of the Nazis was one of the “positive aspects” of the Holocaust.

Boris Johnson’s spokesman said: “These comments are deeply disturbing and it is unacceptable to downplay the genocide.” He pointed to the government’s already existing plans to pass legislation that would impose stricter controls on the content of streaming services.

Downing Street’s intervention comes more than a month after Carr’s comedy special became one of the biggest comedy hits of the year.

Netflix doesn’t release viewership numbers, but estimates by analytics firm Digital I suggest 1.8 million Brits Netflix Accounts watched His Dark Material in the week following its Christmas Day release — to a likely much larger overall audience. However, the joke only became a political issue after a short clip was uploaded to Twitter last week, where it quickly went viral.

Unlike domestic UK broadcasters, Netflix is ​​not regulated by Ofcom but by the Dutch media regulator. On Saturday, Britain’s Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries had suggested future legislation could prevent Carr’s comments from being broadcast, telling BBC One Breakfast they were “disgusting and simply shouldn’t be shown on television”.

But Johnson’s spokesman declined to say if he agreed. He said: “I’m not necessarily going to rely on a specific example. We recognize that any change in legislation should be proportionate to ensure freedom of speech, which is within the law, is not stifled.”

When asked if Netflix should remove Carr’s show, he said, “That would be up to them.”

Carr has been condemned by groups like that Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, the Auschwitz Memorial and Hope Not Hate for their comments. The show began with Carr telling viewers, “Before we begin, a quick trigger warning. Today’s show contains jokes about terrible things. Things that may have affected you and the people you love. But these are just jokes. They’re not the terrible things.”

When asked about the comments, Javid told Times Radio they were “terrible.” He added: “I think we all have the right to react to this. And one of the best ways that everyone can respond to that is by showing those platforms what they think about Jimmy Carr by not watching him or listening to him, and that’s going to send him a very powerful message.”

Jimmy Carr in his dark stuff. Photo: Credit: Matt Frost/Matt Frost

In the special, Carr attempted to explain what he felt was the context of the joke, saying it was “nervous as hell” and had educational value.

“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 it,” he said.

“There is an educational quality. As everyone in the room knows, 6 million Jews lost their lives at the hands of the Nazis during World War II. But a lot of people don’t know, because it’s not really taught in our schools, that the Nazis also killed gypsies, homosexuals, disabled people and Jehovah’s Witnesses by the thousands.”

Johnson’s government has been separately accused of effectively criminalizing Traveler communities in one go Section of the new Police Act That would make living on land without its owner’s permission a criminal offense and allow police to impound vehicles.


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