When you’re a comedian, anything is game and up for ridicule at the expense of a few cheap laughs. Including handicapped children, it seems.
The comic Jimmy Carr has been in the news these past few days for making a quip about children with Down’s syndrome children and how they “all look the f****ng same.”
Now I’m all for freedom of speech and am the first to complain at how political correctness has gone mad, but how is that even funny?
It’s like a while back when Jordan’s little boy Harvey was poked fun at in the media. Now, say what you like about Jordan, she’s old enough and daft enough to be able to take it, and regularly puts herself into the media spotlight.
To bring her disabled child into it though was bang out of order. What did he ever do? He’s an innocent.
Jokes are all well and good, and I love a laugh, but since when did handicapped and disabled children ask to be figures of fun?
If people see others ridiculing the handicapped, disabled and people generally different to others in mainstream media, then surely that is giving the green light for bullies to justify their behaviour and act the same?
It says a lot about your skills as a comedian if you have to resort to cheap shots at vulnerable members of the public in order to gain attention and a few laughs thrown your way.
Learn from the likes of Peter Kay who resort to observational humour and nostalgia to raise a few giggles. Not attack the vulnerable in order to raise titters.