Mary has written to the CEOs of Netflix as well as the Agency that works with comedian Jimmy Carr, following a ‘joke’ in his recent Netflix Special in which he discussed the “positives” of Gyspsy Roma Traveller genocide at the hands of the Nazis.

 

The letter comes as part of widespread backlash and anger that such a comment was even allowed on the platform in the first place.

Responding to the abhorrent routine Mary said,

I’m appalled by the abhorrent content of Jimmy Carr’s Netflix special and I’ve written to the Chief Executives adding to calls for the material to be removed.

It is sometimes said that anti-Gypsy Roma Traveller bigotry is the ‘last acceptable form of racism’.

It is time for Netflix to demonstrate that it stands against all forms of racism.

Solidarity with the GRT community.

 

The full text of Mary’s letter can be found below:

Dear Mr Hastings and Mr Sarandos,
RE: Jimmy Carr’s Netflix special – ‘His Dark Material’

I am writing to you about Jimmy Carr’s Netflix special His Dark Material, during which he made the following ‘joke’:
“When people talk about the Holocaust 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 about the positives.”

I recognise that humour can sometimes challenge, provoke, and even offend, and that some comedians take this to extremes. Indeed, Mr Carr has previously boasted that he will “probably get cancelled” for his material. However, some things should never be joked about, and the Holocaust is one of these subjects. In addition to the six million Jewish people killed in the Holocaust, the Nazi’s genocidal campaign resulted in the deaths of over 500,000 Roma and Sinti people. I fail to see how this could ever be funny and it certainly is not a ‘positive’.

Mr Carr’s ‘joke’ risks fuelling hostility and prejudices towards Gypsies, Roma, and Travellers (GRT), communities that are already subject to appalling racism and discrimination. They must be condemned without qualification and His Dark Material must be removed from Netflix.

I am well aware that any calls for action to be taken against Mr Carr will be branded as ‘cancel culture’, however it would be deeply irresponsible to allow this racism to remain on your platform and to do so could only be viewed as an endorsement of the comments by Netflix.

It is sometimes said that anti-GRT bigotry is the ‘last acceptable form of racism’, it is time to demonstrate that, for Netflix at least, this is not the case.

I look forward to your response as a matter of urgency.

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