Jimmy Carr is facing criticism from UK politicians and anti-hate groups for a portion of his latest Netflix comedy special His Dark Materials, in which he discusses the Nazi genocide of Roma during the Holocaust.
During the special which dropped on the streamer Dec. 25, 2021, Carr remarks on Dwarfism, sexual abuse in the Boy Scouts, Bill Cosby, and cancel culture among other topics. But in one part of the British-Irish comedian and TV presenter’s hour-long special for the streamer, he brings up the mass murder of the Roma and Sinti during the Holocaust.
Jimmy Carr Talks About The Holocaust
“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,” he said. “But they never mention the thousands of Gypsies that were killed by the Nazis. No one ever wants to talk about that, because no one ever wants to talk about the positives.”
That portion of his special made the rounds on social media Friday, and in response, several U.K. politicians and anti-hate groups responded, including The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, a charity established and funded by the U.K. Government to promote and support Holocaust Memorial Day.
“We are absolutely appalled at Jimmy Carr’s comment about persecution suffered by Roma and Sinti people under Nazi oppression, and horrified that gales of laughter followed his remarks,” Olivia Marks-Woldman, the trust’s chief executive, said in a statement posted to Twitter.