Matt Lucas and David Walliams have apologised for utilizing blackface make-up throughout some sketches in Little Britain.
They each posted an announcement to their Twitter accounts, with Lucas writing: “David and I’ve each spoken publicly lately of our remorse that we performed characters of different races. As soon as once more we need to make it clear that it was improper and we’re very sorry.”
The programme has been pulled from a number of catch-up and streaming companies – together with NOW TV, Britbox and BBC iPlayer – amid the heightened international highlight on racism that has been spearheaded by the Black Lives Matter motion.
David and I’ve each spoken publicly lately of our remorse that we performed characters of different races. As soon as once more we need to make it clear that it was improper and we’re very sorry.
— realmattlucas (@RealMattLucas) June 13, 2020
Little Britain has lengthy been criticised for its portrayal of black and Asian characters by the white comedians, in addition to homosexual characters and people with disabilities.
They embody an overweight Caribbean girl known as Desiree, for which Walliams wore blackface, and a mail-order bride named Ting Tong. Others included Daffyd – “the one homosexual within the village” – and Andy, who was in a wheelchair.
The BBC stated it determined to take away the present as “occasions have modified” because the comedy first aired in 2003.
Walliams and Lucas’s different collection, Come Fly With Me, which additionally featured blackface, has additionally been eliminated.
The celebrities have each stated beforehand that they might make Little Britain otherwise at this time.
It joined a string of exhibits which were completely or partially taken off catch-up and streaming companies.
Fawlty Towers has had one in every of its episodes quickly faraway from UKTV over “racial slurs” and “outdated language”.
NOW TV, Netflix and Sky have all eliminated the The League of Gents, which aired on the BBC between 1999 and 2002. One character performed by Shearsmith, Papa Lazarou, wore blackface.
Channel four has pulled Bo’ Selecta from their streaming service after Leigh Francis apologised for enjoying characters in blackface.
Episodes of Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly’s Saturday Night time Takeaway present have disappeared from ITV’s on-line catch-up service, with the celebs saying that they had taken steps to make sure the footage was eliminated. In 2004, they dressed up as two Japanese women.
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