Telling jokes has become offensive. Comedians are about to become extinct because the perpetually outraged are shutting down joke telling.
This time it is dwarf jokes that have outraged.
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.”