The BBC has defended the Vicar of Dibley after viewers called the first of three special Christmas episodes an “abomination.”
The review of the first episode, which aired Monday, precedes the controversial Black Lives Matter episode which is slated for release next week.
The show will see Dawn French, 63, take the knee – a popular gesture taken by BLM supporters – and lecture the movement as she plays Reverend Geraldine Granger on the hit TV show.
The first of the Christmas episodes aired Monday and was called “no fun” by one viewer and an “abomination” by another.
One viewer wrote on Twitter: “Still waiting for the moment I’m supposed to laugh #vicarofdibley It was an abomination. Yet another reason for @DefundBBC. ‘
Another posted: ‘I was looking forward to the Vicar of Dibley, a real world escape, unfortunately all they did was show us zoom calls and let us know how good it is. is boring at the moment ”.
But the BBC was forced to defend the “beloved” vicar before the episode aired.
They said scenes in the sitcom’s 10-minute Christmas specials portray the Reverend’s take on the events of the past 12 months.
But the BBC was forced to defend the ‘much loved’ vicar after viewers criticized the first Christmas short ‘an abomination’
Dawn French, 63, will take the knee and deliver a sermon on movement in the next episode as she stars as Reverend Geraldine Granger on the hit TV show
A BBC spokesperson said: “The Vicar of Dibley Christmas Sermons reflects on the events of 2020, including applause for the NHS, Black Lives Matter and canceled school exams, among others.
“Geraldine is a well-established fictional character in a highly regarded comedy who gives her her thoughts on key moments of the year.
“The public understands the difference between news and humorous content, and the sermons do not violate the BBC’s impartiality guidelines.
The BBC has come under fire for the controversial scenario as many criticized the broadcaster for promoting a political cause and not remaining impartial.
The scene in question, which features in one of three short lockdown specials, will see the vicar addressing the murder of George Floyd and the larger issue of racism.
The scene, which airs next week, will see Geraldine talk about the murder of George Floyd by American police officers and racism as a larger issue.
The controversial sketch begins with being filmed by parishioner and farmer Owen Newitt as she leaves her home after the lockdown.
She tells the audience that she was concerned about the “horror show” of Mr. Floyd’s death and what she describes as “that Black Lives Matter thing”.
Mr. Floyd, an unarmed black man, was killed in May while arrested by police in Minneapolis, Minnesota, sparking protests against racism around the world.
In the sketch, the vicar admits that Dibley, the fictional Oxfordshire village where the show takes place, is “not the most diverse community.”
She continues, “But I don’t think that’s where you’re from. I think it’s important that you do something about it, because Jesus would, wouldn’t He?
And, listen, I realize that all lives matter, obviously, but until all lives count the same, we’re doing something very wrong. So I think we need to focus on justice for a lot of our countrymen and women who seem to have had a really bad deal from the day they were born.
She then walks over to the ward notice board and dismantles two posters, one on decimalization and the other on a missing button.
This viewer criticized the first episode aired on Monday for not living up to his expectations
She says, “I think in Dibley maybe we should think about removing some of these old notices like this and that, and maybe we should put one like this instead.”
After replacing them with a homemade poster of Black Lives Matter, she takes the knee.
The scene has a more serious tone than the rest of the episode, in which it brings up online quizzes and alcohol consumption.
Wading through the row, actor Lawrence Fox criticized the BBC’s “false righteous enlightenment”.
He wrote: “A sermon from the high altar of the Church of Moral Superiority, the BBC. This virtuous false enlightenment allows them to ignore the charter to educate the unwashed greats. Do your job! #DefundTheBBC. ‘
Neil Hamilton also posted: “The BBC is over. It’s time to take the ax. #DefundTheBBC. ‘
Another Twitter user wrote: “Dibley’s vicar takes the knee, so #DefundTheBBC. “