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To be shocked that this was ever ok?! Blackface on Little Britain...

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BrexitBingoGenerator Tue 09-Jun-20 17:27:06

Hello. I've just been looking at the Daily Mail (sorry) and there is a thing about this. I was genuinely gobsmacked seeing the photo and it's completely offensive. However, at some time in the not-so-distant past, this was seen as mainstream comedy and I remember it being on primetime telly. So a critical mass of people must have thought this was ok? I never really watched little Britain and this sketch in particular made me want to heave, but I think at the time it was rather for its horrible portrayal of women generally. I don't remember outrage over it at the time. But maybe there was? I guess I'm just ashamed that comedy like this could have been screened in my adult lifetime.

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Chiyo666 Tue 09-Jun-20 17:29:19

It’s an awful program. Also a horrible racist caricature of a Thai woman played by Matt Lucas in it too.

SuckingDieselFella Tue 09-Jun-20 17:36:19

Walliams and Matt Lucas are a lot less funny than they would have us believe. Can't stand either of them.

Lockeduporknockedup Tue 09-Jun-20 17:37:27

Honestly, as a black person, I don't see how this character is any more offensive than every other character in the show. The purpose of every single character was to portray the worst stereotypes of every faction of society. The gay representation is offensive, the black overweight representation is offensive, the white middle class woman, the on-benefits teen mother is offensive... Every stereotype is offensive and that's the entire point.
There isn't a demographic of society that is not offensively represented in the show. Blackface is where white people would dress as black people and exaggerate our features to mock us for our very blackness. That's not what is happening here.

Lockeduporknockedup Tue 09-Jun-20 17:37:55

For the record, I don't find the show funny either way - just don't think it's racist.

Sparklfairy Tue 09-Jun-20 17:39:00

The League of Gentlemen was worse. Blackface and a trans character!

Destroyedpeople Tue 09-Jun-20 17:40:26

Yeh the whole show was offensive. Wasn't there some hilarious sketch about an old lady who peed herself?
Can't bear either of them....it wasn't even that long ago. It was offensive then....
Although 'the only gay in the village' was funny.

Namechange8471 Tue 09-Jun-20 17:40:44

Lockeduporknockedup I completely agree, don’t forget Anne, the cruel mockery of a woman with a learning disability!

Namechange8471 Tue 09-Jun-20 17:42:27

Destroyedpeople I disagree, as does my brother, who as a gay man, gets tired of the stereotypical gay bashing on television.

Shallwedancetomojito Tue 09-Jun-20 17:44:39

What a load of nonsense! What is happening to this country?

Poetryinaction Tue 09-Jun-20 17:45:07

David Walliams is so unfunny and his books are shit.

Elsiebear90 Tue 09-Jun-20 17:47:06

As a previous poster said all the characters in the show were offensive, not saying I agree with it, but they pretty much “targeted” everyone for ridicule.

ImStillBreathingButBarely2 Tue 09-Jun-20 17:47:13

It is a horrible programme full of lazy stereotypes.

The character of Andy for example perpetuates the myth that people routinely fake disability

Ting Tong the Thai lady

Bubbles DeVere mocking obesity

The one bit I did like was Fat Fighters Majory Dawes, where her obviously racially patronising behaviour towards the Hindu lady (Mina, i think her name was) in her FF group is mocked. A bit like the making fun of that racist Alf Garnett in 70s sitcom Love Thy Neighbour.

Destroyedpeople Tue 09-Jun-20 17:47:34

It wasn't really 'gay bashing' though was it?

Destroyedpeople Tue 09-Jun-20 17:49:42

Yes but the character of margery dawes was a direct rip off of Pauline from the jobcentre in League of Gentlemen..

Shall we just say that on the whole Walliams and Lucas are unfunny fuckers?

Choice4567 Tue 09-Jun-20 17:52:04

@Shallwedancetomojito care to elaborate on what you mean?

Nonnymum Tue 09-Jun-20 17:56:00

It was uncomfortable watch at the time. I also disliked the portrayal of the disabled man and the breastfeeding adult man.
I just felt they were very cruel sketches and not particularly funny either.

Time2change2 Tue 09-Jun-20 17:56:43

How is this raciest? There is a made up ‘white woman’ doing the sketch with her? They just take on various characters

Littlemeadow123 Tue 09-Jun-20 17:57:47

I watched it in my early teens. Watched it again recently and was disgusted.

Time2change2 Tue 09-Jun-20 17:57:53

Wasn’t keen on the disabled man or woman though - just not my taste

Sparklesocks Tue 09-Jun-20 17:59:38

It’s grim. Aged very badly.

BirthdayCakes Tue 09-Jun-20 18:00:45

It was always shit, unfunny, and offensive - I'm surprised people NOW find it unacceptable

Hingeandbracket Tue 09-Jun-20 18:02:31

and the tiny Dennis Waterman? WTF was that all about?

Vodkacranberryplease Tue 09-Jun-20 18:03:19

Well I thought it was hilarious- and it's equal opportunities offensiveness. My only thing would be if anyone black thought it was offensive/felt uncomfortable or offended and that would not be cool.

Comedy is, as a general rule, pretty close to the bone if it's good stuff. There is literally no group of people I have not seen sent up from the mighty Queen Elizabeth II to people driving Prius's. No one is safe - that's the point. We are all going to get the piss taken out of us for something.

serenada Tue 09-Jun-20 18:04:29

Not everyone watched it at the time or thought it was the kind of thing that should be on TV.

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