Jimmy Carr Destroys Art: Holocaust charity slams Channel 4 show offering audience chance to destroy Hitler’s art | Ents & Arts News
A show that offered audiences the chance to vote on whether to destroy Adolf Hitler’s art was called “deeply inappropriate” and accused of “trivializing the horrors of Nationalism.” commune”.
Channel 4 entertainment program, Jimmy Carr Destroys Art, features “art that matters” and gives the live studio audience the chance to decide whether it’s kept or destroyed in a variety of ways.
If the audience votes to destroy Hitler’s painting, it will be chopped.
Previously announced with the working title of Artistic Troubles, the show has been described by Channel No. 4 is “a unique television experiment” that will explore the culture of cancellation and whether we can morally separate art from artist.
Responding to the public surrounding the show, Olivia Marks-Woldman, chief executive officer of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, told Sky News: “There is nothing interesting or laughable about Hitler or the murder of six million Jews, and the persecution of millions of others”.
“This episode of the TV series, Art Trouble [the working title of Jimmy Carr Destroys Art]are making Hitler a subject of light entertainment – which is really inappropriate, and at a time of increasing Holocaust distortion, dangerously trivial.
“The question of how far art can be linked to its creators is an important one, but this show is simply a stunt for shocking value, and cannot be argued with. excuse the mediocrity of the horrors of Nazism.”
The charity also highlighted the selection of Carr as host, after the comedian caused controversy earlier this year after using the death of the gypsies in the Holocaust like a punch for one of the jokes on his Netflix special, Dark Materials.
Ms Marks-Woldman said: “The selection of Jimmy Carr to present this episode is deliberately provocative and inflammatory given his history of using the murder of Roma and Sinti by the Nazis and others. their cooperation for profit”.
In addition to accusations of trivializing Nazism, others have highlighted the folly of destroying valuable works at a time when the cost of living crisis is affecting families across the country. Older brother.
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Channel 4, known for its disruptive and provocative programming, said the show was “a first TV show” asking members of the public “where people today draw the line between artistic expression art, controversy and harm”.
It will air as part of the channel’s Truth and Dare season.
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In response to criticism surrounding the show, Channel 4 said in a statement: “Jimmy Carr Destroys Art is a thoughtful and nuanced exploration of the limits of freedom of expression in art, and whether the work of morally vile artists is still worth seeing.”
“It speaks directly to the current debate around cancellation culture and is a longstanding tradition of Channel 4 programming that seeks to engage audiences with the biggest and toughest questions about ethics and culture. chemical.”
Other artists present on the show included Pablo Picasso, convicted pedophile Rolf Harris and sex abuser Eric Gill.
As described by Channel 4, it will also feature surprises, stunts and publicity experiments performed by popular artists around the country.
Sky News has reached out to Jimmy Carr for comment.