Peep Show blackface scene removed from Netflix but remains on C4
A Peep Show scene by which Robert Webb’s character Jez wears blackface make-up has been removed from Netflix.
But the scene from collection two of the hit sitcom can nonetheless be seen on Channel 4’s streaming service All 4.
Channel Four mentioned it did not suppose “erasing our creative history is a quick fix for the issues affecting our society”.
In the scene, which additionally options Jez’s girlfriend Nancy (Rachel Blanchard), Jez says: “It just feels almost wrong. Are you sure this isn’t racist?”
Nancy replies: “We’re breaking a taboo, of course it feels wrong. We’ve got boundaries to smash, Jeremy.”
The collection initially ran from 2003 to 2015. A spokesperson for the channel mentioned the programmes in its streaming archive span greater than 30 years, and it’s reviewing the best way it handles outdated reveals.
‘A posh situation’
They mentioned: “Many reveals mirror the time they have been made and a few include content material which might now be thought to be inappropriate.
“It is a posh situation notably when it pertains to programmes that satirised, commented on or challenged a particular second in our tradition that’s not related to audiences at present.
“We perceive the sturdy emotions provoked by a few of this content material but we don’t consider that erasing our artistic historical past is a fast repair for the problems affecting our society at present.
“Channel Four is dedicated to inclusion and variety and opposes discrimination in any type and due to this fact, having mirrored deeply on this topic, we’re enterprise a evaluation of the ideas governing how we deal with historic programmes throughout our platforms.”
Netflix declined to remark. Many platforms are re-evaluating their choices following mass protests in opposition to racism after the loss of life of George Floyd in police custody.
Gone With The Wind was quickly removed from HBO Max, but has now been reinstated alongside a disclaimer saying the Oscar-winning 1939 movie “denies the horrors of slavery”.
UKTV mentioned it might do one thing comparable with an episode of 1970s comedy Fawlty Towers, re-adding The Germans episode with a warning about “offensive content and language”.
Meanwhile, 30 Rock’s Tina Fey apologised for blackface showing in a number of episodes of the hit sitcom and requested for them to be removed.
Matt Lucas and David Walliams apologised for his or her use of blackface after two of their collection, Little Britain and Come Fly With Me, have been removed from circulation.
Leigh Francis also apologised for utilizing masks to decorate up as black celebrities similar to Trisha Goddard, Craig David and Melanie B on the Channel Four present Bo Selecta.
And Ant and Dec have said sorry for impersonating individuals of color on Saturday Night Takeaway.