Warwick Davis' charity slams Jimmy Carr for dwarf abortion joke
Jimmy Carr has come under fire from the dwarfism community for a joke in latest show asking “Is a dwarf an abortion that made it?”
Little People UK, a charity patronised by Warwick Davis has released a statement branding the comment “offensive” and “detrimental” to the well being of people with dwarfism.
They said: "Anyone can have a child with dwarfism.
"For parents, particularly new parents, to hear such jokes about their child can have long lasting effects.
"We strongly urge reconsideration of using people with dwarfism as the subject of jokes.
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"We appreciate comedy is a matter of person opinion, however in 2019, people with dwarfism should not have to live with the consequences of being the subject of someone else's humour."
The following statement has been released to the media. pic.twitter.com/o1YE5EKV9I
— Little People UK (@LPUKOnline) June 19, 2019
Little People UK was co-founded in 2012 by Harry Potter star Davis, along with his wife Samantha and others. His daughter Anabelle is also on the committee.
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In 2015 Ofcom launched an investigation into Carr's comments about dwarfs made on BBC One’s The One Show.
“I tried to write the shortest joke possible,” he said. “So, I wrote a two-word joke which was: ‘Dwarf shortage’. It’s just so I could pack more jokes into the show.”
Representatives for Jimmy Carr have been contacted for comment.