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Jimmy Carr criticised by Little People charity for ‘offensive’ dwarf joke | Ents & Arts News



Jimmy Carr has been criticised by a charity for telling an “offensive” joke about dwarfism and abortion during his current stand-up tour.

Little People UK, which was co-founded by actor Warwick Davis, said it was “saddened” by the comedian’s remarks and that it had been contacted by “members of the dwarfism community” who had raised concerns.

Carr, who is due to perform in Chesterfield on Friday on his Terribly Funny stand-up tour, is reported to have said: “Is a dwarf an abortion that made it?”

Actor Warwick Davis talks during a media preview of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter-Diagon Alley at the Universal Orlando Resort in Orlando, Florida June 19, 2014. The new attraction, which opens to the public on July 8, expands the original Harry Potter world, which opened in 2010 and is modeled after Hogsmeade Village, which is located near the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where the series' leading character Harry Potter begins his magical adventures. REUTERS/David Manning  (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESS)
The Little People charity, co-founded by Warwick Davis, has criticised Carr

Little People UK said it had approached the comic and his agents and called for him to “strongly” reconsider “using people with dwarfism as the subject of jokes”.

“We are saddened that in 2019 we have to deal with such prejudice to the dwarfism community (and other minority groups) in a time where we all strive to live equal lives and celebrate diversity without fear of humiliation or preconception,” the charity said.

“Comments such as this are offensive to people with dwarfism and are incredibly detrimental to their well-being.

“People with dwarfism simply want to live their lives just like everyone else; going to school, shopping, walking down the street and going to work, sometimes in highly respected professions.

“To potentially hear a member of the public repeat such a comment, after seeing a stand up show, can affect them for their entire life.”

Little People UK said hearing Carr’s joke repeated by members of the public would cause “unnecessary distress and anxiety through no fault of the person with dwarfism, simply because they have a genetic difference”.

SINGAPORE - SEPTEMBER 16:  British comedian Jimmy Carr looks on in the Paddock before the Formula One Grand Prix of Singapore at Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 16, 2018 in Singapore.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
Carr is yet to respond to the criticism

It added that anyone can have a child with dwarfism and new parents hearing such remarks about could face “long lasting effects”.

The charity said: “We strongly urge reconsideration of using people with dwarfism as the subject of jokes.

“We appreciate comedy is a matter of personal opinion, however in 2019, people with dwarfism should not have to live with the consequences of being the subject of someone else’s humour.”

Carr, 46, is yet to respond to the criticism and Sky News has contacted his representatives for comment.

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