A Turkish newspaper and the Foreigners' Advisory Council in the German state of Hesse have expressed outrage at a televised Karneval monologue that made several jokes at the expense of Turkish Germans.

"Humour is when you laugh despite yourself – but in this case the laughs stuck in our throats," said Corrado Di Benedetto, head of the Foreigners' Advisory Council in Hesse. "The freedom of the Karneval is valuable. And satire is allowed to do anything – except degrade others. This violated all the rules of decency."

The council called the show "prime-time racism."

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