Jimmy Carr was awarded the Certificate of Irish Heritage nearly a decade ago, but his father, Jim Carr, wants the honor revoked until the comedian publicly apologizes for comments he made in his book.
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jimmy carr The comedian’s father has called for the comedian’s Irish honor to be revoked unless he apologizes for comments that were made in his book Before & Laughter last year.
The book included a reference to Jimmy’s parents being from Limerick in Ireland, and his father, Jim Carr, took issue with the way that heritage was mentioned.
Jimmy wrote: “I am the son of two immigrants from Limerick who moved to Slough (they moved from one shitty town to another shitty town, I guess they knew what they liked).”
His father has said such comments “crossed the line”, calling for officials to revoke Jimmy’s Certificate of Irish Heritage, which was awarded to him in 2013.
Jaime told the leading limerick recently that such comments about his native Limerick were “derogatory” and “offensive”, in the hope that an apology would be made for them.
The outlet reports that he has asked the Mayor of Limerick and Limerick City and County Council to revoke the honor bestowed on Jimmy unless he publicly apologizes for it.
Speaking of comments that had been made on the book, Jim suggested that his son is a “sick comedian”, adding: “I don’t want someone to write that about Limerick in a book.”
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Jim and Jimmy have been reported to have been “extraordinarily close”, although the father and son are said to have not been on good terms for roughly two decades.
Commenting further on the commentary in the book, Jim acknowledged that it is his son’s “style” of comedy, although he expressed frustration at the references.
And he told the outlet that he and Jimmy’s mother did not move to Slough, but instead moved from Limerick City to South Kensington in London.
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Jim is also said to have taken issue with a joke Jimmy referenced in the book, which goes, “How many potatoes does it take to kill an Irishman? None.”
The comedian’s father hinted that the famine is the Irish equivalent of the Holocaust and told the Limerick Leader not to joke about that.
The Certificate of Irish Heritage was an initiative that ran from 2011 to 2015, recognizing “descendants of previous generations of Irish citizens in an official way”.
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The honour, which was awarded to Jimmy in 2013, is said to have been a way of giving “greater practical expression to the sense of Irish identity felt by many people around the world”.
Jimmy earlier said he was “honoured” to receive it, while Limerick’s then-mayor Kathleen Leddin said she was “very proud” of his heritage, as reported by RTE at the time.
The Mirror has approached representatives for Jimmy Carr and the current Mayor of Limerick for comment. Limerick City and County Council declined the opportunity to comment.
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