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Gavin and Stacey have become the latest series to be drawn into a race line as viewers demand its removal from television programming.
Critics demand that the popular comedy, written by James Corden and Ruth Jones, be drawn in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement.
The main bone of contention comes from characters described in the series as “Chinese Alan” and “Seth, the black guy”.
Upset: Gavin and Stacey become the latest series to be dragged into a race line as viewers demand its removal from television schedules
Social media users turned to Twitter to request that Gavin and Stacey be deleted.
One user wrote: “With all of this cancellation culture, I hope @bbc now removes #gavinandstacey from @bbciplayer, @netflix @BritBox_UK.
“The show is misogynist, racist, homophobic and guilty of rudeness. “
Another directly tweeted James Corden and asked, “Wondering why none of your characters in #gavinandstacey were played by BAME actors?
“I only remember one black character – a trio with Pete and Dawn in one episode.
“His race has been the subject of several gags. Not cool James!
Upset: the main bone of contention comes from characters described in the series as “Chinese Alan” and “Seth, the black guy”
A third commenter added, “If we remove Little Britain, can we also get rid of Gavin and Stacey. “
Referring to the other programs that have already been removed, one user simply wrote: ‘Gavin and Stacey then please …’
But others quickly defended the series with a social media user commenting: ‘gavin and stacey ?????? now you’ve crossed the line [sic]. ‘
Another added, “If Gavin and Stacey get trapped, I’m done. “
Tweeting directly to James Corden, a third wrote: ‘@JKCorden doesn’t dare apologize for Gavin and Stacey. If it were 100% bw, it wouldn’t sound and represent real life. It’s comedy and if people don’t like it, they can change the channel.
Litigation: Critics Request Popular Comedy Written By James Corden (Photo) And Ruth Jones To Be Drawn In Follow With Black Lives Matter
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Defense: But others quickly defended the series with a social media user commenting: ‘gavin and stacey ?????? now you’ve crossed the line [sic] “
It comes after a whole bunch of other shows have been pulled, including Noel Fielding’s The Mighty Boosh, The League Of Gentlemen and Little Britain.
The Mighty Boosh features a character called The Spirit Of Jazz, played by the creator of the show Fielding, who is believed to represent the ghost of the fictional jazz musician Howlin ‘Jimmy Jefferson.
The 47-year-old actor and comedian has yet to respond to Netflix’s decision to withdraw the series from the streaming service. MailOnline contacted a spokesperson for a comment.
In the trash: The Mighty Boosh joins The League Of Gentlemen and Little Britain by being removed from Netflix on scenes containing blackface. BBC comedy features character called The Spirit Of Jazz, performed by Noel Fielding (photo)
The shows are bundled from the streaming service following the recent Black Lives Matter protests that took place primarily in the United States and the United Kingdom.
Fielding – who presents The Great British Bake Off today – played a black, dreadlocked character in his quirky old-fashioned sitcom, which aired from 1998 to 2009, with a unique piece in 2013.
The Spirit Of Jazz has sparked a lot of talk about racism, with Fielding also finding himself in hot water after a photo of him was painted black while dressed as tennis star Bjorn Borg.
The League Of Gentlemen has been withdrawn due to its black-faced character Papa Lazarou – and more movies and TV shows risk being cut from streaming services due to “racist” stereotypes.
The controversial figure was played by white actor Reece Shearsmith. It was heavily criticized over the years for his painted face.
Not so funny: Fielding – who presents The Great British Bake Off these days – played a black, dreadlocked character in his quirky sitcom, which aired from 1998 to 2009, with a unique piece in 2013 [he starred alongside Julian Barratt, pictured right]
The show was pulled from Netflix in the UK a week before its June 19 expiration date, alongside the Canadian series The Drunk And On Drugs Happy Funtime Hour which also features two characters in black.
Netflix has also removed controversial comedian Chris Lilley Summer Heights High, We Can Be Heroes, Jonah From Tonga and Angry Boys from the Australian and New Zealand platforms, Deadline reported.
Her latest Lunatics series, which was created in collaboration with Netflix, is still available for streaming despite accusations of racism and blackface in Lilley’s portrait of a trans-racial woman.
Netflix added a Black Lives Matter section to its streaming service.
In a statement detailing the move, Netflix said the goal is to highlight “powerful and complex accounts of the experience of black people.”
The Black Lives Matter section of the site presents 47 films and series, including Homecoming of Beyonce, dear Whites and when they see us.
Remove! The League of Gentlemen has been removed from Netflix for its blackface character Papa Lazarou [pictured]
Discarded! Netflix also removed controversial comedian Chris Lilley Summer Heights High, We Can Be Heroes, Jonah From Tonga and Angry Boys from the Australian and New Zealand platforms
A spokesperson for the streaming service explained, “When we say Black Lives Matter, we also mean stories from black tales …
“Knowing that our commitment to real systemic change will take time – we begin by highlighting powerful and complex accounts of the experience of black people …
“When you log into Netflix today, you will see a carefully prepared list of titles that are only beginning to tell complex and layered stories about racial injustice and darkness in America. “
Ant and Dec apologized to their Twitter followers on Wednesday for stealing the identity of people of color in Saturday night take-out comedy sketches.
They went to the microblogging site on Wednesday evening, posting: “In the last few episodes of Saturday Night Takeaway, we stole the identity of people of color in the secret segment of the series.
“We realize it was wrong and we want to say that we are sincerely sorry for all those who have been offended.
Public apologies: Ant and Dec have apologized to their Twitter followers for stealing the identity of people of color in Saturday night take-out comedy sketches
They went to the microblogging site on Wednesday evening, posting: “In the last episodes of Saturday Night Takeaway, we have stolen the identity of people of color in the secret segment of the series”
“We deliberately stopped doing this several years ago and we certainly would not be doing these sketches today
“We had already taken steps to ensure that the video footage was removed, and we recently confirmed with ITV that these segments, and any other historical content that may be offensive, do not appear on the ITV hub or on the YouTube channel. Saturday Night Takeaway. ”
Last year, the pair was criticized when old images of the duo in black resurfaced.
In some of their many Ant & Dec Undercover sketches on the successful ITV show, the presentation duo changed their skin color and wore prostheses to represent make-up characters in order to deceive their famous friends.
One of the most controversial skits saw them disguising themselves as two fictional Jamaican women, “Patty and Bernice,” in an attempt to prank cast members of Emmerdale in 2003.
They continued: “We realize it was wrong and we want to say that we are sincerely sorry for all those who have been offended” [pictured dressed up as ‘Jamaican women Patty and Bernice’ in 2003]
Little Britain has been removed from Netflix, BBC iPlayer and BritBox when it was feared that the use of black-faced characters on the series would no longer be acceptable.
In an apparent reaction to the Black Lives Matter protests, Netflix released the series Matt Lucas, 46, and David Walliams, 48, as well as the couple’s other comedy Come Fly With Me, on Friday.
The BBC and BritBox both confirmed on Monday that they had also decided to withdraw Little Britain, saying that times have changed since the show’s first broadcast.
When asked if more shows would be cut, a BBC spokesperson told MailOnline, “The change only affects Little Britain. “
Gone With The Wind was also temporarily removed by HBO Max from its streaming platform after being criticized for romanticizing slavery.
The 1939 Civil War epic, starring Clark Gable as Rhett Butler and Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara, is based on a novel written three years earlier by Margaret Mitchell.
Off the air: Hattie McDaniel, like Mammy, with Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With The Wind, which HBO Max pulled out of its streaming service Tuesday amid content criticism
Social media users flock to Twitter to discuss latest wave of cuts to streaming services
It tells the story of a turbulent romance during the period of the civil war and reconstruction. Hattie McDaniel, who would have been 127 years old today, won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film, becoming the first African American to win an Oscar.
The film has been viewed through a more critical lens in recent years, with many wondering if a film that ignores the horrors of slavery should still be shown.
The League Of Gentlemen, created by the BBC, and three of Chris Lilley’s shows are still available to watch via the broadcaster’s streaming service.
The stars of the League of Gentleman have already defended the controversial character of Papa Lazarou, Shearsmith having declared to the Independent in February: “It was not I who made a black man. “
“It was always that clown makeup and we just found what we thought was the scariest idea of having some sort of Child Catcher,” he added. “And I don’t think we ever had any complaints at that time. ”
Stereotypes: Lucas plays Coffee worker Precious Little in Come Fly With Me
Finished: Little Britain has been removed from Netflix, BBC iPlayer and BritBox after concerns were raised that the use of black characters on the series would no longer be acceptable
The show, which stars Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton and Shearsmith, follows a number of residents from the fictional town of Royston Vasey. It was featured on BBC Two in 1999.
Its removal from Netflix follows All 4’s decision to remove Bo ‘Selecta, who played black stars such as Craig David, Trisha Goddard and Michael Jackson.
It was removed from All 4 after creator Leigh Francis recently issued a tearful apology. However, it is still available on Prime Video.
The second set of deletions suggests an uncertain future for other popular comedy series that feature similar techniques, although many are still available to watch on streaming sites.
Will these TV shows and movies also be removed from streaming services?
After HBO Max pulled Gone With the Wind and Netflix ended the Gentlemen’s League amidst George Floyd protests, attention turned to other films that may be in the process of being deleted.
Among these are mainly several classic Disney movies hosted on the Disney + streaming service.
They include Dumbo (1941), Swiss Family Robinson (1940 and 1960), Fantasia (1940), Peter Pan (1953), Lady and the Tramp (1955), The Sign of Zorro (1958), Jungle Book (1967) and Les Aristocats (1970).
Dumbo contains racist stereotypes of African-Americans at the time in the form of black crows, who use jive-style speech patterns.
The main bird is even called Jim Crow, a nod to Jim Crow’s racist segregationist laws of the time, and is voiced by a white actor.
The classic 1941 Disney movie Dumbo
Swiss Family Robinson is broadcast on Disney + with a warning
Since last November, all of the above classics have been broadcast on the streaming network with the warning that they “may contain outdated cultural representations” or that they may contain images of smoking characters.
No further action has yet been announced as Black Lives Matter protests spread around the world, but patrons should turn their attention to other films, with the Disney films mentioned above appearing to be the most threatened.
The service does not already show the 1946 film Song of the South due to its dated racial stereotypes.
Disney President Bob Iger said earlier this year, “It just was not appropriate in today’s world. “
Old Warner Brothers cartoons, such as Tom and Jerry, already broadcast a warning about cultural sensitivity.
One film that should never be available for streaming is Birth Of A Nation (1915) – the film DW Griffith hailed as the birth of cinema.
The film depicts the Ku Klux Klan as friendly characters.
Netflix’s decision to withdraw the two series from Lucas and Walliams on Friday angered subscribers to the service, who were annoyed when they discovered that the two shows had been abandoned.
Journalist and former MEP Daniel Hannan was among those who spoke.
He wrote, “There is an unbearable sufficiency in rushing to condemn Ali G, Bo‘ Selecta or other shows that were going well the day before yesterday. As if to say, “You all thought it was good, but look – I am more sensitive than you.” Hmmm. Maybe you’re just more perverted.
But the company would have thought it was the right thing to do.
This decision is likely to lead to calls for more obsolete programs which can be considered racist to be deleted.
Those who were irritated by the decision said they “smoked” and “dumped” the decision.
Some viewers complained that they were watching the series.
One viewer said that people should be able to make their “own choices.”
But others have expressed growing unease at the sight of sketches featuring comedians wearing makeup to represent different races, amid claims that it was offensive.
One viewer said he was “shocked” that he was available.
In Britain, David Walliams wore makeup to portray Desiree DeVere, a spa guest. In Come Fly With Me, he played passenger liaison officer Moses Beacon and airline boss Omar Baba, while Lucas’ characters included coffee worker Precious Little.
BBC’s IPlayer aired the first Little Britain series which included a scene where the couple was made up to look like blackface artists. But has now withdrawn the series.
A BBC spokesperson said, “There are many historic programs available on BBC iPlayer, which we regularly review. Times have changed since Little Britain first aired, so it’s not currently available on BBC iPlayer.
BritBox, the streaming service of ITV and the BBC, which had broadcast three series from Little Britain, also deleted the series.
He said last night, “Times have changed since Little Britain first aired, so it is not currently available on BritBox. Come Fly With Me has not been available on the service for six months.
There had been a mixed reaction to Netflix’s decision to withdraw both Little Britain and The League of Gentlemen from service.
A user said on Twitter: ‘League of Gentlemen has been removed from Netflix for the use of blackface.
‘There are no words.’
Another wrote: “Absolutely furious that Little Britain and Come Fly With Me have been removed from Netflix. “
“Little Britain and Come Fly With Me have both been removed from Netflix … so I can’t watch these shows anymore because you don’t like them?” Said a third.
“I want to live in a free country and make my own choices. Not an oppressive diet where I am told what I can and cannot watch.
But another viewer said on Friday, “I am guilty of watching Little Britain and Come Fly With Me and looking beyond the dark face, but we all have to face it and accept that it was unacceptable and that this is still posted on Netflix. “
Another person speaking at the end of last week told Netflix, “Drop Little Britain.
“Please do not approve a program that perpetuates the stereotypes of minority groups and makes people laugh that have to fight for basic equality in life. “
It comes after comedian Leigh Francis apologized in tears for usurping the identity of black stars on his show Bo ‘Selecta.
He said he thought about his Channel 4 show and didn’t realize at the time how offensive it was.
A Channel 4 spokesperson said, “We support Leigh in his decision to reflect on Bo Selecta in light of recent events and we agree with him to delete the show from the archives of All 4.”