Jimmy Carr’s Corn Exchange show met with protesters in Cambridge




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Jimmy Carr’s performance of his latest stand-up show was met with protests in Cambridge following controversial comments he made in a Netflix special.

Mr Carr performed at the Corn Exchange tonight but a crowd of between 30 and 60 protesters gathered outside the venue chanting ‘out Carr out’, blocking the fire exits and banging drums.

The Wheeler Street venue was lit up with the colours of the Romani flag in solidarity with the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller community (GRT).

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Protester Martin Ward, stood outside the gig, said: “I am absolutely disgusted, raging, at Jimmy Carr’s comments about Jewish people, Travelling people, Gypsy people, gay people, and disabled people.

“We’re nevertheless waiting for an apology from you.”

The protest was organised by Cambridge Stand Up To Racism, with members gathering outside the venue from around 6.30pm.

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.

Cambridgeshire Constabulary officers attended the protest with a liaison worker this evening. CambridgeshireLive has approached the force for a comment.

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