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Entertainment Netflix removes The Mighty Boosh and The League of Gentlemen over blackface controversy

04:25  11 june  2020
04:25  11 june  2020 Source:   msn.com

Netflix removes The Mighty Boosh and The League of Gentlemen over blackface controversy

  Netflix removes The Mighty Boosh and The League of Gentlemen over blackface controversy 'The Mighty Boosh' and 'The League of Gentlemen' have been pulled from Netflix over scenes containing blackface. The two BBC comedy shows have both seen their series axed by the popular streaming service because of their use of blackface, following the recent Black Lives Matter protests that have been taking place primarily in the US and the UK. According to The Guardian newspaper, 'The Mighty Boosh's Spirit of Jazz and Papa Lazarou from 'The League of Gentlemen' were both considered "problematic" by Netflix, as they were both played by white actors wearing blackface.

Netflix has removed comedy series ‘ The Mighty Boosh ’ and ‘ The League of Gentlemen ’ from its platform, citing their use of blackface . ' The League of Gentlemen ' features the character of Papa Lazarou, who is openly based on the creators’ landlord, a real-life black person.

EXCLUSIVE: Netflix and the BBC were in lockstep over the decision to remove episodes of Little Britain from their libraries after the British comedy featured blackface sketches, but differences The League Of Gentlemen remains on iPlayer. It was made by the BBC. Sign up for Deadline's Newsletter.

Noel Fielding in a yellow shirt: Noel Fielding, who starred in The Mighty Boosh © Bang Showbiz Noel Fielding, who starred in The Mighty Boosh

'The Mighty Boosh' and 'The League of Gentlemen' have been pulled from Netflix over scenes containing blackface.

The two BBC comedy shows have both seen their series axed by the popular streaming service because of their use of blackface, following the recent Black Lives Matter protests that have been taking place primarily in the US and the UK.

According to The Guardian newspaper, 'The Mighty Boosh's Spirit of Jazz and Papa Lazarou from 'The League of Gentlemen' were both considered "problematic" by Netflix, as they were both played by white actors wearing blackface.

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Papa Lazarou - described as a "blacked-up ringmaster who calls everybody Dave" - was inspired by an old landlord of the show's creators, Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith, who has maintained the character was never supposed to represent a black man.

The Spirit of Jazz, meanwhile, is supposed to be the ghost of fictional jazz musician Howlin' Jimmy Jefferson and was played by Noel Fielding in the series.

And whilst Netflix has binned the series, 'The League of Gentlemen' is still available to watch on BBC iPlayer, with the broadcaster confirming to The Guardian it has "no plans" to remove it.

The news comes after it was recently revealed Netflix had also axed comedy sketch show 'Little Britain' - which starred David Walliams and Matt Lucas - over sketches which included blackface, with BBC iPlayer and BritBox following suit.

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' The League of Gentlemen ' has been removed from Netflix following discussions on one of the show's characters appearing to be using blackface . The League of Gentlemen , which began in 1999 and was created by Reece Shearsmith alongside Jeremy Dyson, Mark Gatiss and Steve

The Mighty Boosh . 200415 1 SeasonBritish Programmes. Vince and Howard, employees of a zoo run by the maniacal Bob Fossil, enjoy surreal adventures with an ape named Bollo and other odd characters. Vince is MC-ing a night at the Velvet Onion, to be headlined by The Black Tubes.

A spokesperson for the BBC said: "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."

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.

Phillip Schofield 'winces' at Little Britain sketches .
Phillip Schofield has admitted that he now "winces" when he sees 'Little Britain's blackface sketches on TV..The 'This Morning' presenter was discussing the decision by BBC iPlayer, BritBox, and Netflix to remove the comedy show from their streaming platforms following concerns about the use of blackface by the programme's main stars, David Walliams and Matt Lucas and Phillip admitted that these days the show makes him uncomfortable.

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