Jimmy Carr admits he's going to be cancelled but 'will go down swinging'
The comedian went after cancel culture, then complained about cancel culture, and is now going down swinging.
Comedian Jimmy Carr has insisted he is "going down swinging" when cancel culture comes for him for his latest Netflix special.
The comedy veteran ruffled feathers for his "vile" joke targeted at the Gypsy and Roma communities. Performing his Terribly Funny Show at Whitley Bay Playhouse on February 5, Carr almost played to the nationwide criticism.
According to The Mirror, Carr was heckled during the show by a woman who asked whether they were "going to talk about the Holocaust."
Carr responded: "We are going to talk about cancel culture, the whole thing. We are going to talk about f*cking everything people. Relax."
— Jimmy Carr (@jimmycarr) January 20, 2022
Upon starting his show, Carr said: "Good evening ladies and gentlemen. Look at that, I've already upset the non-binary community. That has to be a f*cking record."
He continued: "You are going to be able to tell your grandchildren about seeing this show tonight. You will say I saw a man and he stood on a stage and he made light of serious issues. We used to call them jokes and people would laugh."
Jimmy Carr's joke was dark, yes.
But it was in a show entitled "his dark material"
And he said on stage before that some jokes were about horrible things.
So you saw those flags, and still chose to continue, and are now upset that some of it was dark?
— Liam 🌹 (@Liam3617) February 5, 2022
He joked that the "good news" was that he was "going down swinging" while also noting that his career-ending joke is "already out there."
Bare-knuckle boxer Paddy Doherty also slammed Jimmy Carr's "disgusting" joke about the Gypsy people being slaughtered during the Holocaust.
Reminder that Jimmy Carr’s joke went through a whole production process in order to appear on @netflix. Dozens of people were part of scripting, filming, post-production, marketing…the whole apparatus. His agent/manager would also have been known.
Yet not one person spoke up?
— Sunny Singh (@ProfSunnySingh) February 5, 2022
Speaking to the Sunday Mirror about the comedy special, Paddy Doherty stated: "He should be investigated by the police.
"That wasn't a joke. He's talking about mass murder being a positive – would he be allowed to say this about black people killed by the Ku Klux Klan?
"There's a level you don't go to. More than a million of my people were killed."
If Jimmy Carr had ‘joked’ that the mass murder of Jews had been a positive of the Holocaust, Netflix wouldn’t have streamed it and Channel 4 would have stopped working with him.
— Matthew Stadlen (@MatthewStadlen) February 6, 2022
Labour's Nadia Whittome and David Lammy branded it "despicable", while Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said the comments were "abhorrent and they just shouldn't be on television."