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AS
Asa Admin
We were having a similar debate around Come Fly With Me when it was first broadcast... https://tvforum.uk/tvhome/come-fly-31847/

Weren't they promoting Little Britain as part of the iPlayer comedy boxset trails in the last couple of month? Interesting just how quickly "times have changed" at the BBC. They've obviously decided to be proactive in the current climate and then work out if/when/how it should return later. It just feels a bit too recent to do the whole "language of yesteryear" like Gold do with that Fawlty Towers episode - talking about a 70s show fair enough, but something broadcast in primetime only a decade ago?

The official BBC YouTube channel had clips of Come Fly with characters like Taaj with 10m+ views that have also been quietly removed in the last day.

Of course this does bring on a whole other debate about viewing being at the mercy of broadcasters and platform license agreements, rather than having a physical copy you can watch whenever you want. [which madmusician has just touched on!]
PF
PFML84
I believe Matt Lucas and David Walliams have said recently that they apologise for the show and regret certain sketches/characters.

If Walliams is regretful over the stereotypical characters he did in Little Britain, I wonder if he will now stop putting effeminate mannerisms on or pretending to be gay just to get a cheap laugh every time he appears on TV? It’s nauseating and borderline offensive.
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JO
Jonwo
I’ve read through all the comments. It’s fair enough what everyone is saying, and the BBC was probably a bit rushed in its approached. However, there is a simple solution here. Ask people from the BAME community for their views. It’s not up to us as, I’m assuming, largely white people, to decide what is and isn’t offensive to people of colour. If you’re portraying a minority group on TV, simply ask them for their thoughts in future. I’m gay and I’ve seen a significant improvement in the way LGBTQ characters are portrayed on TV in recent years. A lot of this is down to producers consulting with groups like Stonewall and then deciding how to proceed.
I think this is also down to there being a hell of a lot of producers, commissioners, talent and people in power working in the TV industry who are openly LGBT+ and over the years that has helped with better representation on screen and (I think) in turn more recognition and acceptance of LGBT+ by wider society because of it. There have been a number of efforts by various channels and companies to increase the number of BAME people working in TV but it remains an overwhelmingly white industry and TV is less representative of those views because of it.


I think TV is much better with BAME representation onscreen but I agree there’s not much BAME representation on those making the programmes or decisions.
DW
DavidWhitfield
If Walliams is regretful over the stereotypical characters he did in Little Britain, I wonder if he will now stop putting effeminate mannerisms on or pretending to be gay just to get a cheap laugh every time he appears on TV? It’s nauseating and borderline offensive.

This from just three days ago suggests not...

JA
james-2001
I recall his David Baddiel was another one he probably wouldn't like to see resurface.


I'd forgotten about that one. Yes, that was offensive, I'm suprised he got away with that even then.
BR
Brekkie
I believe Matt Lucas and David Walliams have said recently that they apologise for the show and regret certain sketches/characters

I do wonder if this move has been orchestrated by Walliams and Lucas rather than the broadcasters considering how much they've spoken about the issue themselves.
SH
Sh1ruba
Also if you look on Disney+, when searching for older films like Peter Pan, you'll see a disclaimer about outdated stereotypes in the description as they kept the films as they were with no cuts.
CW
Charlie Wells Moderator
Also if you look on Disney+, when searching for older films like Peter Pan, you'll see a disclaimer about outdated stereotypes in the description as they kept the films as they were with no cuts.

Though you won't find the 1946 Disney film Song of the South on Disney+, as in this instance they felt that not even a disclaimer would be sufficient. Ref: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/nov/19/song-of-the-south-the-difficult-legacy-of-disneys-most-shocking-movie.
LV
LondonViewer
I have a trans friend who had about 5 years of hell being taunted with "I'm a laydee" impressions wherever she went.

Quite. Along with ‘only gay in the village’. I think their stereotypes were more damaging to LGBT people than anyone else.
Don’t care that it’s been pulled.
Last edited by LondonViewer on 10 June 2020 1:37pm
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Jon
If Walliams is regretful over the stereotypical characters he did in Little Britain, I wonder if he will now stop putting effeminate mannerisms on or pretending to be gay just to get a cheap laugh every time he appears on TV? It’s nauseating and borderline offensive.

What you’re doing there is equating effeminate mannerisms with being gay. The two things can be mutually exclusive.

Walliams has also more or less admitted he is bisexual and states he’s always been quite camp. So I’m not it’s fair to say he’s “putting it on” apart from in this sense any entertainer is probably playing a exaggerated version of themselves.
JO
Jon
If Walliams is regretful over the stereotypical characters he did in Little Britain, I wonder if he will now stop putting effeminate mannerisms on or pretending to be gay just to get a cheap laugh every time he appears on TV? It’s nauseating and borderline offensive.

This from just three days ago suggests not...


Not really a joke at the expense of gay people though, is it?

Well not in the sense you mean. Wink
PF
PFML84
Jon posted:
If Walliams is regretful over the stereotypical characters he did in Little Britain, I wonder if he will now stop putting effeminate mannerisms on or pretending to be gay just to get a cheap laugh every time he appears on TV? It’s nauseating and borderline offensive.

What you’re doing there is equating effeminate mannerisms with being gay. The two things can be mutually exclusive.

Walliams has also more or less admitted he is bisexual and states he’s always been quite camp. So I’m not it’s fair to say he’s “putting it on” apart from in this sense any entertainer is probably playing a exaggerated version of themselves.

No, what Walliams is doing is equating effeminate mannerisms with being gay, because he only ever has done those mannerisms when he's trying to insinuate that he's gay or when he makes a gay reference or joke.
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