The Herald reports:
When Jimmy Carr warned The One Show his jokes might get them into trouble, the presenters probably took it as another quip.
But yesterday the BBC1 programme found itself at the centre of a formal probe by the broadcasting watchdog, after a risque comment about dwarves backfired.
Carr, who was on the show to promote his Greatest Hits tour, told viewers that he had once come up with a two-word gag.
He said: “I tried to write the shortest joke possible. So, I wrote a two word joke which was: ‘Dwarf shortage’. It’s just so I could pack more jokes into the show.”
He then looked directly at the camera and added: “If you’re a dwarf and you’re offended by that, grow up.”
Heh I thought that was pretty funny.
But whether you think it is funny or not, one should be able to tell jokes on TV.
Now two viewers have complained to communications regulator Ofcom, which is looking into whether the programme on November 4, broke television rules.
“We’re investigating whether potentially discriminatory comments in this programme met generally accepted standards,” a spokesman said.
It is unusual for Ofcom to launch an investigation against a broadcaster after only two complaints, prompting speculation among insiders that the watchdog wants to make an example of the incident.
Ofcom need to get a life.