In an interview with Scotsgay magazine, Lee argued that, despite Carr’s subsequent apology, the episode demonstrated that comedians and their audiences are not necessarily on the same side, or facing the same day-to-day problems.
“I think the Jimmy Carr tax avoidance thing is pivotal,” said Lee. “I think the public need to get fed up with standups, and then the distinctive ones would be left standing. It might be a watershed moment.”
“I think the assumption will be that any comedian on stage … has stolen loads of money and therefore isn’t entitled to talk about anything.”
Lee went on to suggest that Carr’s actions might make his knowing, tongue-in-cheek style of offensive humour unfeasible:
“This might be the end of irony comedy. The idea that you’re being ironic about the weaker members of society doesn’t really work if you’ve concealed millions of pounds a year which would have gone towards helping them”."