The social media were in uproar on Saturday morning (February 5, 2022) about a new stand-up show by Jimmy Carr, entitled His Dark Material.
This is a bit odd, as it has been available to view on Netflix since the end of December.
It seems people found out yesterday that the show features a joke – if you can call it that – about the Holocaust. It’s extremely offensive, as the Independent chronicled it:
“When people talk about the Holocaust,” he continues, “they talk about the tragedy and horror of six million Jewish lives being lost to the Nazi war machine. But they never mention the thousands of gypsies that were killed by the Nazis.
“No one ever talks about that because no one wants to talk,” he says, “about the positives.”
We live in a world – and at a time – when the memory of what the Nazis did to 17 million people is rightly considered the worst abomination in human history; the premeditated, cold-blooded, controlled extermination of millions – for the sake of racism.
Everybody knows about the six million Jews who were murdered in the gas chambers, and nobody with a decent bone in their body would ever make a joke about that.
So why should the gypsies (or travellers, or Roma, depending which name you or they prefer) be fair game?
They’re not – as the Holocaust Memorial Trust made clear:
“Hundreds of thousands of Roma and Sinti people suffered prejudice, slave labour, sterilisation and mass murder simply because of their identity – these are not experiences for mockery”.
On Twitter, Labour MP Alex Sobel quoted the Auschwitz Memorial – and put in a few words of his own:
I have never found Jimmy Carr funny. I never thought he would turn into a latter day Bernard Manning though.
He not only needs to learn as the Auschwitz Museum suggest but this material needs removing and his future contracts should be withdrawn as the Holocaust is never a joke https://t.co/YGNEb9es6S
— Alex Sobel MP 🟣 (@alexsobel) February 4, 2022
Amid all of this, one notable voice seems to have been absent. Carr’s co-star on 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown is Rachel Riley, who by now has spent nearly four years speaking out about prejudice against Jewish people – often with reference to the Holocaust.
What does she think about her colleague’s vile joke?
Well, many people were asking the same question at first, thinking that Riley had gone uncharacteristically quiet.
In fact, she had already commented on Carr’s show:
That’s right – she promoted it on her Twitter feed, back when it came out in December.
And be in no doubt – she had seen the whole show, as the Express details:
Rachel Riley, 35, was horrified by her 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown co-star Jimmy Carr’s latest stand-up gig for Netflix,
That’s more like it – you’d expect her to be horrified, right?
which left her in fits of giggles.
That’s right. It seems she thought the whole show was very funny – no mention is made of the Holocaust joke at all.
And today the nation waited in vain for her to do the right thing and come out with condemnation:
*Scans Rachel Riley's Twitter feed*
Nope, still no condemnation for this.
Perhaps it's the wrong community targeted or the wrong person doing the targeting?
Who knows! 🤷🏼♂️https://t.co/Hq0ydXlZzD
— ʀᴇᴅ ᴄᴏʟʟᴇᴄᴛɪᴠᴇ ✊🏼 (@RedCollectiveUK) February 4, 2022
Looking forward to Rachel Riley, Tracy Ann Oberman and David Baddiel calling out the horrific holocaust humour of Jimmy Carr, amongst others.
I'll wait. pic.twitter.com/p49EHXMc4w
— UBI now! 💙 (@krelbourne35) February 5, 2022
That Jimmy Carr joke laughing at gypsies being gassed to death was abhorrent. Of course the usual suspects won’t be taking a stand and Rachel Riley won’t condemn it. Clearly some forms of racism are acceptable to tories.
— Sam 🌹 (@SocialDem0crat_) February 5, 2022
There was an obvious counter-argument to Riley’s defenders, as one “Keewa” tweeted:
“‘How dare you bring Rachel Riley into this? You vile Corbynistas!’ Idk she’s burnished her credentials as an anti-racist Holocaust educator, you’d think she’d maybe have *something* to say about her long-time colleague making a joke suggesting that part of it was ‘a positive’???”
Strangely, it seems the actual tweet has been removed from Twitter. I wonder why. Have those defenders been at work again?
As readers of This Site know, Riley is currently suing This Writer for libel after I wrote about her abusing and harassing a teenage girl with mental health problems. Part of her case appears to be that she couldn’t possibly behave in the manner I suggested because of her attitude to issues surrounding the Holocaust.
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I would pass my own comment on her attitude to this, but on this occasion I don’t think I need to.
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