Jimmy Carr apologises for car crash ‘joke’
The whole thing began when Jimmy wrote on his Twitter page, “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.”
His timing couldn’t have been worse, given that he made the comments soon after seven people died in the horrific pile-up on the M5 last Friday.
In response to dozens of complaints about the inappropriately timed joked, Carr tweeted, “Very bad timing by me. The joke was obviously not about recent tragic events. Apologies if any offence caused.”
Jimmy has since deleted the original post, but only days before, he told Shortlist that he never regrets his material, even if it does cause offence…
He said, “You don’t say things by accident as a comedian – you’ve got to stand by what you say.”
At the time of that interview, Jimmy was referring to Frankie Boyle’s many offensive jokes and remarks, and of them, Jimmy added, “People have the right to be offended, but then, he’s also a pretty easy guy to avoid if you don’t like what he’s saying.
“It’s not mandatory to follow him on Twitter.”
Indeed it isn’t. However, what are your thoughts on the fact that our comedians seem to be making it their life’s work at the moment to upset people?
Barrel scraping to get their names in the papers? Or are some viewers or online posters just too touchy and easily offended?