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Jimmy Carr Defends Variety Coach Joke

November 28, 2011

As if that’s any excuse! There’s never any excuse for insulting any person or group for something that they can’ help and didn’t ask for.

Comedian Jimmy Carr has defended his risqué material after making a joke about handicapped children and the children’s charity the Variety Club.

Carr made the jibe in a routine while on tour, drawing widespread criticism from the charity as well as Down syndrome Education International.

Making the joke, he said: “Why are they called Sunshine Variety Coaches when all the kids on them look the f—— same?”

It came weeks after another comedian, Ricky Gervais, also attracted criticism from disability charities after using the word “mong” on Twitter.

In a radio interview, Carr said any subject should be “up for grabs” for comedians.

Speaking to Absolute Radio’s breakfast show host Christian O’Connell, he said: “You go, well, you can’t joke about race. Well, if you’re from a different race and that’s your experience of the world and you want to talk about that, then fine.

“Or you can’t talk about disability, but disabled comics can talk about that. Well, OK … I think anyone can talk about anything, anything’s kind of up for grabs.

“But people are allowed to be offended as well. It’s fine to be offended. Just because you’re offended doesn’t mean you’re right. Just because you’re the comedian doesn’t mean you’re right.”

He added that “some people just like being offended.”

Carr was at the centre of another controversial joke earlier this month after an ill-timed tweet coincided with one of the worst motorway crashes in recent times.

After seven people died in a pile-up on the M5, Carr tweeted: “An (sic) couple married for 66 yrs died within 3 days of each other. That’s nothing. My grandparents died on exactly the same day … car crash.”

He insisted the joke was not a reference to the accident but removed the message and apologised.

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