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Entertainment 'Times have changed': Little Britain removed from streaming services over blackface sketches

02:20  10 june  2020
02:20  10 june  2020 Source:   msn.com

Little Britain removed from BBC iPlayer

  Little Britain removed from BBC iPlayer 'Little Britain' has been removed from the BBC iPlayer, BritBox and Netflix.The sketch comedy series - starring Matt Lucas and David Walliams - features some episodes where the actors don blackface and, in light of recent Black Lives Matter protests around the world, the BBC has decided to remove the show entirely from its online catalogue.

All UK streaming platforms have removed the Little Britain sketch comedy series following concerns over the characters’ use of black face amid ongoing Black Lives Matter protests In a statement, BBC confirmed the move, saying that “ times have changed ” since Little Britain first aired, so it will

Little Britain has been removed from BBC iPlayer and BritBox amid concerns about its use of blackface and racist humour. The removal of the sketch series, starring David Walliams and Matt Lucas, followed its removal from Netflix UK last ‘ Times have changed ’, the BBC said in a statement.

Matt Lucas, David Walliams standing in front of a crowd posing for the camera: Matt Lucas and David Walliams © Bang Showbiz Matt Lucas and David Walliams

'Little Britain' has been removed from BBC iPlayer, BritBox, and Netflix due to the show's use of blackface.

The BBC comedy show - which originally aired between 2003 and 2005 - has been axed by streaming services following concerns about the use of blackface by the programme's main stars, David Walliams and Matt Lucas.

In a statement about the removal, a spokesperson for the BBC told the Daily Mail newspaper: "There's a lot of historical programming available on BBC iPlayer, which we regularly review. Times have changed since 'Little Britain' first aired so it is not currently available on BBC iPlayer."

Little Britain removed from iPlayer, Netflix and NOW TV after blackface criticism

  Little Britain removed from iPlayer, Netflix and NOW TV after blackface criticism Little Britain has been removed from Netflix, NOW TV and iPlayer after coming under fire over the use of blackface in some of its sketches. © Getty David Walliams and Matt Lucas's comedy first aired in 2003 The BBC said it had made the decision to remove the show as "times have changed" since the comedy first aired in 2003. © Other Little Britain has been pulled from streaming services. Pic: BBC It comes as Black Lives Matter protests have taken place around the world following the killing of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck in the US.

Little Britain has been removed from Netflix, BBC iPlayer and BritBox amid concerns that the use of blackface characters on the series is no longer Then yesterday the BBC and BritBox both confirmed they had also decided to remove Little Britain saying ' times have changed ' since the show first aired.

Little Britain first aired on British screens 15 years ago today and, it turns out, it is not very woke. The programme itself was a boilerplate sketch show: a routine set of catchphrases placed in minutely varied scenarios Over time , the use of blackface and racism became more emboldened; the more

Since the show began in 2003, 'Little Britain' has long been the subject of controversy surrounding its sketches, including its depiction of "portly Thai bride" Ting Tong - played by Matt Lucas - and of Desiree DeVere, a black woman played by David Walliams in full blackface.

And following renewed focus on issues of race and representation amid the current Black Lives Matter protests, the show has come under fire again, prompting streaming services to cut ties with the series.

Alongside 'Little Britain', Netflix has also axed spin-off series 'Come Fly With Me'.

BritBox - which brings together both BBC and ITV content in one streaming platform - said in their own statement: "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."

Meanwhile, Matt Lucas previously expressed regret about some of the characters featured in the show.

Speaking in 2017, he said: "If I could go back and do 'Little Britain' again, I wouldn't make those jokes about transvestites. I wouldn't play black characters. Basically, I wouldn't make that show now. It would upset people. We made a more cruel kind of comedy than I'd do now."

David Walliams and Matt Lucas apologise for using blackface in Little Britain .
Matt Lucas and David Walliams have apologised for using blackface make-up during some sketches in Little Britain. They both posted a statement to their Twitter accounts, with Lucas writing: "David and I have both spoken publicly in recent years of our regret that we played characters of other races. Once again we want to make it clear that it was wrong and we are very sorry."The programme has been pulled from several catch-up and streaming services - including NOW TV, Britbox and BBC iPlayer - amid the heightened global spotlight on racism that has been spearheaded by the Black Lives Matter movement.

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