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Soldier's mum condemns comedian's sick' joke

PUBLISHED: 15:57 28 October 2009 | UPDATED: 17:18 25 August 2010

Comedian Jimmy Carr

Comedian Jimmy Carr

THE mother of a soldier who was killed in Afghanistan has blasted comedian Jimmy Carr for his sick joke. The 8 out of 10 Cats presenter sparked outrage last Friday after he told a 2,500 strong crowd at the Manchester Apollo: Say what you like about se

Arthur Smith

THE mother of a soldier who was killed in Afghanistan has blasted comedian Jimmy Carr for his 'sick' joke.

The 8 out of 10 Cats presenter sparked outrage last Friday after he told a 2,500 strong crowd at the Manchester Apollo: "Say what you like about servicemen amputees from Iraq and Afghanistan, but we're going to have a f*****g good paralympic team in 2012."

Lesley Alderton, whose son Jake was killed in November 2007 in Afghanistan said she was pleased that Carr had offered to raise money for Help the Heroes.

She added: "I know that there are people that find it funny and even some soldiers would laugh at it, as they have that kind of humour but I thought it was bad taste.

"You have got to give consideration to the families who are in that situation. Some soldiers who have lost limbs have been getting ridiculed in the streets and if these youngsters are seeing him making fun of it, they will think its okay.

"I am sure he didn't mean it in a nasty way but I didn't like it. Unfortunately I lost my Jake but if he was in that position I would be very offended."

Grumpy Old Men comic Arthur Smith, who was brought up in Blackheath, also hit out at his stand-up peer.

He said: "When I started doing comedy in the '80s, comedians were all doing 'P*** gags' and misogynistic and homophobic material. My generation swept that away. But now it seems that some comedians are doing it again and putting it in inverted commas. They call it post modernism but they don't know what that means.

"It's no defence to say that in a comedy club there are no laws of discourse. Some jokes are just out of order."

But Kevin Precious, compere of Barnstormers Comedy at Blackheath Halls this Saturday said: "Jimmy Carr said that joke in front of a lot of soldiers and it was not met with offence. You have to question the level of opposition he is getting.

"But as a comic you have to be careful and sensitive and still be able to go on stage and do it anyway. Most comedians just set out to entertain."

After the furore Carr, 37, told reporters: "I'm sorry if anyone was offended but that's the kind of comedy I do. If a silly joke draws attention to the plight of these servicemen then so much the better. My intention was only to make people laugh.

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