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Jimmy Carr in hot water over handicapped children joke

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By John Glenday, Reporter

November 26, 2011 | 1 min read

Satirical comic Jimmy Carr has left children’s charities unamused after making a controversial joke at the expense of handicapped children.

Carr, who is currently on a nationwide tour, told his audience: “Why are they called Sunshine Variety Coaches when all the kids on them look the f------ same?”

The remark drew criticism from the Variety Club charity, as well as Down Syndrome Education International.

Defending the joke on Absolute Radio Carr said: “You go, well, you can't joke about race. Well, if you're from a different race and that's your experience of the world and you want to talk about that, then fine.

"Or you can't talk about disability, but disabled comics can talk about that. Well, OK ... I think anyone can talk about anything, anything's kind of up for grabs.

"But people are allowed to be offended as well. It's fine to be offended. Just because you're offended doesn't mean you're right. Just because you're the comedian doesn't mean you're right.

"Some people just like being offended."

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