Jimmy Carr under fire over crass Oscar Pistorius joke: ‘I blame Reeva’

Jimmy Carr's controversial joke about Reeva Steenkamp's death did not go down well at the Q Awards


by Kayleigh Dray |
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Jimmy Carr, 42, made the uncomfortable joke about Reeva Steenkamp the day after Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years for shooting her dead in his bathroom.

"I blame her"

After beginning his Xperia Access Q Awards presentation with an elaborate joke about needing the toilet when there is a long queue, he added: “It's so frustrating.

"All I’m saying is I can see it from Oscar Pistorius’ point of view.”


Despite audible gasps of shock from the audience, Jimmy continued: “That’s not the controversial bit. Here it comes…

"I blame her.”

Oscar Pistorius arrives in court for sentencing
Oscar Pistorius arrives in court for sentencing

As an angry buzz filled the room, he added: “If she hadn’t been in that disabled toilet none of this would have happened.”

As the likes of Boy George, Simple Minds, Kasabian and Sandie Shaw sat in stunned silence at Jimmy's comments, he shouted frustratedly: “It’s the f****** Q Awards, come on!"

Following the performance, Jimmy told The Mirror: “I think it went all right. I’m going to go home and write some new jokes.”


Reeva Steenkamp's parents react to Oscar's sentence

Reeva Steenkamp died on 14th February 2013, when her boyfriend shot four bullets through a closed bathroom door.

Oscar will serve five years in prison for her death - the prison term has, in fact, been widely criticised in South Africa, where a sarcastic new hashtag has begun circulating on Twitter – #ThingsLongerThanOscarsSentence.

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