Jimmy Carr - Offensive jokes
Jimmy Carr is in the papers again for a joke about Down Syndrome.
The joke was (someone feel free to edit it out if they feel it's not appropriate to read here):
Now as always certain groups cry outrage, but in the DVD of his tour where he said this, he also made a VERY interesting point. He said that the audience are the regulators of comedy. If an act makes a joke and nobody laughs, that joke will be considered not funny and dropped from the act, if they laugh, it's in. So as an audience, people have the choice to laugh/leave/whatever. He also said that he tells jokes, no motive or reasoning behind them, he just tells jokes and thats it. If you are offended, that is your choice to be offended.
Originally Posted by Jimmy Carr
I'm not siding with what he said but the part about the audience is correct though. If he made that joke and not one single person laughed, he'd drop that joke. So to criticise him for saying it should be evened out by criticising the thousands who have seen him and laughed at it.