Jimmy Carr has faced renewed backlash after reportedly joking that victims of child sexual abuse should laugh at their trauma in a found podcast interview.
The controversial comedian has been criticized by Childline founder Esther Ranzen, 81, for his comments.
During a podcast chat, Jimmy allegedly said, “I’ve made a lot of jokes about pedophilia and I’m sure there’s someone on every show who gets hurt inappropriately. I’m sure.
“You just look at the statistics and say, ‘Well, that’s how it should be.’
“And how do you process it? How do you win? Well, the best reward is a life well lived, the ability to move on and laugh about it.”
But Ms. Esther criticized his comments, saying: sunday people: “When you are abused as a child, especially sexual abuse, but any other kind of abuse or neglect, it can lead to very deep scars.
“Personally, I have never met a survivor who laughed at it or found it funny, even when they have moved on and become hugely successful, as so many do.”
This came after Jimmy faced calls for a police investigation after joking about the gypsy genocide during the Holocaust.
During his Netflix special Dark Materials, Jimmy joked that the massacre of Roma and Sinti during World War II was a positive thing.
He refused to back down when he returned to live performance after the furore surrounding the nasty joke.
As he took the stage at the Whitley Bay Playhouse, he told the audience, “The joke that ended my career is already out.”
He said, “We’re talking to my friends at the last chance saloon.
“What I say on stage this evening is hardly acceptable now. In ten years, f***ing, forget it.
“You will be able to tell your grandchildren that you saw this show tonight.
“You will say that I saw a man, and he was standing on the stage, and he was frivolous about serious matters.
“We used to call them jokes and people would laugh.”
Big Brother and My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding celebrity star Paddy Doherty said of the Holocaust joke: “It should be investigated by the police.
“It wasn’t a joke. He talks about the massacres as a positive factor – can he say this about blacks killed by the Ku Klux Klan?
“There is a level you don’t go to. Over a million of my people were killed.”
While Jimmy’s close friend and fellow comedian David Baddiel called the joke “cruel, inhumane, mean and racist” on a Twitter thread.
He added: “As a footnote, I would add that Jimmy is a close friend of mine and generally brilliant stand-up. It doesn’t matter how I feel or think about that particular joke.”