Protesters gathered outside Jimmy Carr’s performance in Cambridge tonight (February 16).
They gathered outside the venue in response to material that contained disparaging remarks about the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller community (GRT).
Carr performed at Cambridge’s Corn Exchange, on Wheeler Street, though the venue was lit up in solidarity with the GRT community in the colours of the Romani Flag.
Campaign group Cambridge Stand Up To Racism held a protest outside the venue from 7pm this evening.
In a post shared on the group’s Facebook page, they said: “We need to inform him [Carr] that his vile racist jokes are not welcome in Cambridge.
“Our GRT communities are being battered by our government and we can’t allow this further outrage to go by unmarked.”
Carr, who studied political science at Gonville and Caius College, prompted a backlash after a clip from his one-hour Netflix special, His Dark Material, was shared widely on social media.
In the clip, he quips about the horror of the Holocaust and “six million Jewish lives being lost” before making a disparaging remark about the deaths of thousands of Gypsies at the hands of the Nazis as part of the punchline.
Anti-hate groups such as the not-for-profit organisation Holocaust Memorial Day Trust and The Auschwitz Memorial have condemned the comedian and called for Netflix to withdraw it.
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