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06th Feb 2022

Bare-knuckle boxer Paddy Doherty slams Jimmy Carr’s ‘disgusting’ joke

Kieran Galpin


Doherty is one of many influential figures to condemn the comedian

Bare-knuckle boxer Paddy Doherty has slammed Jimmy Carr’s “disgusting” joke about the Gypsy people being slaughtered during the Holocaust.

The 49-year-old comedian made the so-called joke during his Netflix special His Dark Material. While Carr started the show by stating it was “a career ender”, he also said that a “positive” of the Holocaust was that thousands of Gypsies were murdered.


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?

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“There’s a level you don’t go to. More than a million of my people were killed.”

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.”

The 62-year-old Big Brother winner continued: “When I watched him say what he did, I was disgusted. The hairs on my neck stood up. When I was a child I used to see signs saying ‘no blacks, no dogs, no gypsies’ in pub windows. And now I see Jimmy Carr saying this and the audience laughing… it’s disgusting.”

Upon arriving at a comedy gig on February 5, Carr said: “We used to call them jokes and people would laugh. I am going to get cancelled, that’s the bad news. The good news is I am going down swinging.”

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