Jimmy Carr rapped by TV watchdog after making anti-Semitic jokeDecember 4, 2018
TV watchdog raps Jimmy Carr for making anti-Semitic joke about fellow comedian’s nose
- Jimmy Carr joked about Tom Rosenthal’s Jewish heritage in gag about his nose
- The comedian had made the joke in a trailer for Comedy Central’s Roast Battle
- Ofcom found it breached broadcasting rules following complaint from a viewer
Jimmy Carr has landed Comedy Central in hot water after making an anti-Semitic joke.
Carr breached broadcasting rules when he made a jibe about fellow comedian Tom Rosenthal’s nose in a trailer for Roast Battle Week.
Ofcom upheld a complaint from a viewer who said he had made a comment which was ‘clearly antisemitic, drawing on the racial stereotype of a ‘Jewish look’.
Jimmy Carr (left) made a jibe about fellow comedian Tom Rosenthal (right) in a trailer for Roast Battle Week
Roast Battle sees two comedians telling jokes as they attempt to ‘roast’ each other before their performances are judged and analysed by a panel of celebrities.
In a trailer for the programme, Carr asks Rosenthal: ‘You’re not Jewish?’
Rosenthal replies: ‘No’.
Carr then hits back: ‘Someone needs to tell your face!’
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This is followed by laughter from the studio audience, as Rosenthal is shown laughing while holding his nose.
While no viewers complained about the joke in the programme, trailers have stricter guidelines.
The regulator said: ‘Ofcom is aware of a significant rise in reported incidents of antisemitism across Europe and in particular in the UK in recent years.
Roast Battle sees two comedians telling jokes as they attempt to ‘roast’ each other before their performances are judged and analysed by a panel of celebrities
‘One significant recurring stereotype has been discriminatory references to Jewish people’s physical appearance, which has been recognised as being clearly antisemitic. In our view the use of such a well-known antisemitic trope against this backdrop would have had the potential to cause considerable offence.’
An Ofcom spokesman added: ‘Our investigation found this trailer fell short of generally accepted standards by including an offensive, negative stereotype about Jewish people.’
Paramount UK, which hold the licence for Comedy Central, stopped airing the trailer after the complaint was upheld.
It stressed the content ‘was not intended as a joke aimed at the Jewish Community’ and it ‘would never want to intentionally offend our viewers with a trailer’.
Paramount ‘accepted the trailer was misjudged’ and apologised ‘unreservedly’.
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