Matt Lucas and David Walliams have apologized for their use of blackface in Little Britain and have now removed some black characters from the series
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Britain is finally back on BBC iPlayer after some tweaking to “better reflect the cultural landscape” of today.
The popular comedy series starring Matt Lucas and David Walliams was removed from the streaming service last year.
It has faced criticism for its use of blackface in some sketches, especially after the Black Lives Matter protests.
The BBC, as well as Netflix and BritBox, decided to scrap the show following backlash.
But after Lucas and Walliams made some tweaks to the sketch program – including removing the black characters – it is now available for review.
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One of the characters edited out of the show was overweight black woman Desiree DeVere.
David wore black makeup and a large wig to play Desiree, which is unpopular with modern audiences.
Matt also uses blackface to play Pastor Jesse King, who says he’s “from the slums” and speaks in tongues for healing. While in another sketch, he paints a portrait of ‘fluffy Thai bride’ Ting Tong.
Emirati celebrities still on the show include Vicky Pollard, Emily Howard, Lou and Andy.
A statement from the BBC said: “Little Britain has been made available to fans on BBC iPlayer following edits by Matt and David on the series to better reflect changes in the cultural landscape over the past 20 years. since the program was first executed. ”
Both Matt and David have previously apologized for the use of blackface on the show.
In a joint statement on Twitter in June 2020, the pair said: “David and I have both spoken publicly in recent years about our regret that we played the characters. of other races. Once again we want to make it clear that that was wrong; We are deeply sorry.”
Little Britain began as a radio show in 2000 before running as a television series on the BBC from 2003 to 2007, kicking off their respective careers.
Since the show, David has become known as a judge on Britain’s Got Talent, alongside Amanda Holden and Simon Cowell.
He is also a best-selling children’s author after his books, such as Gangster Granny and Mr Stink, have sold more than 37 million copies worldwide.
Matt has appeared in the films Dr Who, Bridesmaids, Paddington, Gnomeo and Juliet, and Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, among others. He also fulfilled a lifelong dream by playing the lead role of Les Misérables in the West End.
As of 2020, he is the host of Channel 4’s The Great British Bake Off after taking over from Sandi Toksvig.
Matt has previously said he regrets Little Britain, describing the comedy as “ruthless”.
In 2017, he told Big problem : “If I could go back and do Little Britain again, I wouldn’t be making those jokes about cartoons. I won’t play black characters.
“Basically, I’m not going to do that show now. It will upset everyone. We did a more sinister kind of comedy that I want to do now. “
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