Katherine Ryan left fans divided after defending Jimmy Carr at the National Comedy Awards.
Ryan accepted the award for Outstanding Female Comedy Entertainment Achievement, which she won for a 8 out of 10 cats Appears as she appeared to be referring to the recent backlash against Carr.
In February, Carr was widely criticized for a joke he made on the Netflix comedy special His dark stuff.
the 8 out of 10 cats The host said in the clip: “When people talk about the Holocaust, they are talking about the tragedy and horror of six million Jewish lives lost to the Nazi war machine. But they never mention the thousands of Gypsies killed by the Nazis.”
Carr added, “Nobody ever talks about it because nobody wants to talk about the positives.”
As the clip circulated on social media, several MPs and the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust criticized Carr and urged Netflix to remove the special, with a Boris Johnson spokesman condemning the joke.
The spokesman added that laws would be enforced to hold streaming services more accountable for potentially dangerous content on their platforms.
During Ryan’s acceptance speech, she thanked Carr and defended his Roast comedy style, saying, “It’s a comedy genre that he happens to be best at. I think it’s important that we all protect this genre, even if people are offended by it.”
The comedian’s comments received a round of applause from other stars in the crowd.
Viewers were divided over Ryan’s speech at the event, which took place in London on March 2 and was broadcast on Channel 4 on Saturday (5 March).
“I really feel like I lucidly dreamed Katherine Ryan’s speech because you’ll have the guts to go on stage in front of everyone and defend a Holocaust joke of all things,” wrote one viewer.
Another added: “Catching up the comedy awards and while I totally understand Katherine Ryan’s ‘thank you to all the men who let me on their Channel 4 shows’ joke, it’s a little urrrgh to say it in the same breath.” do than defend Jimmy Carr.”
“Did Katherine Ryan just try to defend Jimmy Carr?” wrote one fan.
However, there was a contingent of others who praised Ryan for her decision, with one calling it “a real shooting move.”
Another fan said they were “proud” of Ryan for her views.
Elsewhere during the show, shortly before his death, Lee Mack shared a story about the late comedian Sean Lock that left viewers “sobbing.”
The National Comedy Awards for Stand Up to Cancer is now available to stream on All 4.
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