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Robert Rinder Labels Jimmy Carr And Viewers At Netflix Particular ‘Incorrigible Turds’ For Laughing At ‘Breathtakingly Racist’ Joke

Robert Rinder has labeled Jimmy Carr and the audience at his Netflix special who “clapped, whooped and cheered” over a joke he made about the Traveler community and the Holocaust, as “complete incorrigible turds”.

In a widely-shared clip from the His Dark Material show, Carr joked about the horror of the Holocaust and “six million Jewish lives being lost” before making a disparaging remark about the deaths of thousands of Travelers at the hands of the Nazis as a punchline.

Robert, who is best known as TV’s Judge Rinder and is the grandson of a Holocaust survivor, made his feelings clear during a panel discussion about the hour-long special on Talk Radio on Friday.

“I’ve got to say Jimmy Carr, I’m not going to repeat the joke, or anybody in the audience who whooped and clapped at a joke about the genocide of Travelers and gypsies, you are all, complete incorrigible turds,” he said.

Middle class comedians can do irony and clever boundary pushing so it’s ‘ok.’ Let’s imagine the reaction to this joke had it been filmed at a working men’s club to a cheering whooping audience. https://t.co/tlsbVYIpa9

— Robert Rinder MBE (@RobbieRinder) February 5, 2022

In a tweet posted on Saturday, Robert said the comedian’s comment was “breathtakingly racist” and reiterated his dismay at the audience’s reaction.

“Jimmy Carr’s “joke” suggesting the systematic genocide of gypsies during the Holocaust was a “good thing” is breathtakingly racist,” he tweeted.

“The truly disturbing thing isn’t just the gag, it’s that on hearing it, instead of leaving, the audience clapped, whooped and cheered in approval.”

Jimmy Carr’s ‘joke’ suggesting the systematic genocide of gypsies during the Holocaust was a ‘good thing’ is breathtakingly racist. The truly disturbing thing isn’t just the gag, it’s that on hearing it, instead of leaving, the audience clapped, whooped and cheered in approval👇🏻 https://t.co/tlsbVYIpa9

— Robert Rinder MBE (@RobbieRinder) February 4, 2022

In a second tweet, the former Strictly star said that “middle class comedians can do irony and clever boundary pushing so it’s ‘ok’”.

“Let’s imagine the reaction to this joke had it been filmed at a working men’s club to a cheering whooping audience,” he added.

Carr has received widespread criticism over the remarks, with calls for Netflix to remove the joke and sparking petitions calling on him to apologise.

Roberts tweet came after Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries condemned the remarks during an interview on Saturday’s BBC Breakfast, suggesting that new laws would hold to account streaming sites from airing jokes.

Dorries suggested that in the future, new laws would “hold Netflix to account” for such content.

Nadine Dorries

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“We are looking at legislation via the Media Bill which would bring into scope those comments from other video on-demand streaming outlets like Netflix,” she said.

“So it’s interesting that we’re already looking at future legislation to bring into scope those sort of comments.”

The MP said Carr’s comments were “abhorrent and they just shouldn’t be on television”, but it was then put to her that in a tweet in 2017 she had claimed that “left-wing snowflakes are killing comedy”.

She said: “Well, that’s not comedy.

“What Jimmy Carr did last night is not comedy. And you know, I’m no angel on Twitter, nobody is, but I just would like to say that nothing I’ve ever put on Twitter has been harmful or abusive.

“But that last night… Jimmy Carr’s comments, no one can call that, you know, snowflake or wokeishness, that’s just… it was just appalling.”

Nadia Whittome, Labor MP for Nottingham East, has also urged Netflix to remove Carr’s “vile anti-GRT and anti-Semitic material”.

I have written urging Netflix to remove Jimmy Carr’s vile anti-GRT and anti-Semitic material.

I have also requested an update from @DCMS on progress to bring streaming platforms under Ofcom regulation.

My full solidarity with GRT communities, today and always. pic.twitter.com/We6MRJVyjb

— Nadia Whittome MP (@NadiaWhittomeMP) February 4, 2022

The Traveler Movement, a charity supporting the traveler community in the UK, said: “This is truly disturbing and goes way beyond humour.”

In a tweet, the charity said: “We need all your support in calling this out #StopTravellerHate @StopFundingHate.”

The charity has launched a petition to Netflix calling for the “removal of the segments of His Dark Material which celebrates the Romani genocide”.

HuffPost UK has contacted Carr’s reps for comment.

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