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Entertainment Matt Lucas and David Walliams apologise over Little Britain blackface

03:45  14 june  2020
03:45  14 june  2020 Source:   msn.com

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

  'Times have changed': Little Britain removed from streaming services over blackface sketches BBC comedy show '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.

LITTLE Britain stars David Walliams and Matt Lucas tonight apologised for performing as characters of other races in comedy sketches. Both Little Britain and Come Fly With Me are no longer available to watch on the online streaming sites amid the Black Lives Matter protests.

sketch comedy series ' Little Britain ' following concerns over the characters’ use of blackface amid ongoing Black Lives Matter protests across the world. a collaboration service between the BBC and ITV – quickly followed suit to remove the popular show created by Matt Lucas and David Walliams .

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

David Walliams and Matt Lucas have apologised after 'Little Britain' was pulled from streaming services for the use of blackface.

The comedy duo have released a joint statement to apologise for their portrayal in the BBC One show.

In the statement posted to Twitter, David wrote: "Matt 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 & we are very sorry."

Whilst Matt shared the same sentiment, apologising for their portrayal of others amidst the Black Lives Matter movement.

Little Britain removed from Netflix and iPlayer due to offensive blackface characters

  Little Britain removed from Netflix and iPlayer due to offensive blackface characters Matt Lucas and David Walliams' comedy series is no longer available to stream.The comedy show, which originally aired between 2003 and 2005, features David Walliams and Matt Lucas playing a range of characters from Vicky Pollard and Daffyd Thomas to Lou and Andy.

David Walliams and Matt Lucas reunited last night. Sharing the shot, Matt told fans: “Some bloke came to watch Les Mis tonight.” Matt opened up about their spat in his autobiography Little Me, in which he revealed they were "often at loggerheads" and rows over trivial matters, including what kind

With Matt Lucas , David Walliams , Tom Baker, Brett Gentile. The characters of the original ' Little Britain ' and some new characters feature in this comedic exploration of the modern American society from, and starring, British comedians Matt Lucas and David Walliams .

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

In a statement about the removal of the BBC comedy show, which originally aired between 2003 and 2005, 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."

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.

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."

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