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Matt Lucas and David Walliams prog

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GabbyLoggon Tue 28-Dec-10 14:36:49

Was red hot on the phone-ins this morning they did a bit of blacking up....did you find it funny or offensive? I thoughtLittle Britain went OTT at times

MorticiaAddams Tue 28-Dec-10 14:40:03

They are both white. Should they only be allowed to portray white characters? They are also men and dressed up as women. One of the characters was black and a woman. They should be hung, drawn and quartered.

I found it funny.

GabbyLoggon Tue 28-Dec-10 14:47:43

Mort I do see what you are getting at; and you put it very well

backwardpossom Tue 28-Dec-10 14:48:51

The only thing offensive about it was that it was billed as 'comedy'.

Greythorne Tue 28-Dec-10 14:51:29

Backwardpossum is right
it was not funny at all
but it was not offensive
lawd knows what it was doing on prime time Xmas day

the motorised trolley driver with beard was a rip off -of-- homage to Ali G

reinitindear Tue 28-Dec-10 15:26:54

I think Morticia has it right although when I did watch it my first thought was how many people will complain about the "blacking up".I bet the majority of people who moaned are not black themselves. There seems to be a culture of becoming offended on behalf of other people at the moment. I myself found it funny grin

JoBettany Tue 28-Dec-10 15:28:13

I certainly didn't find it funny at all.

StealthPolarBear Tue 28-Dec-10 15:29:50

"did a bit of blacking up"
didn't see it
Can someone explain exactly what they did?

reinitindear Tue 28-Dec-10 15:32:14

Some of the sketches featured black characters played by Lucas and Walliams it wasn't the Minstrels or anything.

4andnotout Tue 28-Dec-10 15:34:59

I echo everything morticia said, I found it funny and not slightly offensive.

StealthPolarBear Tue 28-Dec-10 15:39:11


StealthPolarBear Tue 28-Dec-10 15:39:43

Just the characters were black?
Or were they spoof, stereotypical portrayals?

MrsMooo Tue 28-Dec-10 15:43:28

I have to say I did find offensive, the Precious character in particular.
It wasn't funny in the slightest, and whilst I don't expect them to play only white characters I don't think being famous gives them the right to pander to racial stereotypes and call it humour

reinitindear Tue 28-Dec-10 15:43:50

Well they were spoof stereotypical portrayals of the people previously seen on Airline and such programmes.

Rindercella Tue 28-Dec-10 15:46:27

I found the two Japense girls more offensive actually. Massive stereotypes and made me feel really uncomfortable. Wasn't keen on the 'Precious' character either.

SpringHeeledJack Tue 28-Dec-10 15:46:50

it was bobbins

Peter Kay did much the same thing about a decade ago, taking the piss out of the then newish fly on the wall docs

did I say the same thing?- opps, sorry. PK's was funny, clever and really well observed. Like Alan Bennett. Only funny wink

...Lucas and Walliams's was horseshit

FAOnTelly Tue 28-Dec-10 15:47:10

Didn't watch it. I find them not only NOT FUNNY but repulsive. The pair of them. Just gross human beings.

PhishFoodAddiction Tue 28-Dec-10 16:51:22

Oh it was a pile of crap! Wished I hadn't bothered watching it. It wasn't even funny.

The Japanese girls bit made me cringe, didn't like the Precious sketch either. Using racial stereotypes but not in a way to challenge them. Just rubbish.

TheCrackFox Tue 28-Dec-10 17:05:11

They aren't funny anymore.

TheFeministParent Tue 28-Dec-10 17:13:12

I can't abide DW at all in anything. Neither are funny.

pigletmania Tue 28-Dec-10 18:21:14

Noway was it offensive at all, it was really funny! Now Frankie Boyle, that was offensive. So they should only play white characters then! Its only offensive to those who choose to find offense in everything. I bet you that its white people mostly complaining. Matt and David were not making fun of different races, they were not being nasty or putting them down, but simply playing a part. They are actors, they are white, so need to get into role, that means making their skins darker, wouldent it be funny if they did not and were playing those characters, would not look right would it!

What about the gay characters they portray, are they homophobic aswell hmm. They play plenty of white people, it would be racist if they only played white Characters. I am Armenian, and would have loved it if they played an Armenian character, i expect that i would have found it really funny.

pigletmania Tue 28-Dec-10 18:25:39

They could have played a nice big Armenian mother in law, would have been funny. How about My Big Fat Greek Wedding and Borat, isent that pandering to racial sterotypeshmm. Nobody complaines because the characters are white! What about Vicky Pollard, isent that a stereotypehmm

WinkyWinkola Tue 28-Dec-10 18:37:47

Never found these two funny at all.

Lame really. Little Britain was really lame. Peter Kay so much better.

scoobytoo Tue 28-Dec-10 18:44:14

I have NEVER like them, I remember back in the 80's/ 90's they used to do a sketch before Frasier on the Paramount and didn't find them remotely funny. I was surprised when they became famous and thought little Britain was terrible...however, I did find the program at Christmas funny but I think that's because I used to watch airline. If you've never watched airline then it would seem very unfunny.

pigletmania Tue 28-Dec-10 18:46:36

I agree with your scoobytoo, I used to watch Airline and therefore got some of the jokes, but if you havent then it would not be very funny.

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