Piers Morgan slams TV bosses over ‘stupid’ Fawlty Towers decision: ‘Getting ridiculous’
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Piers Morgan expressed his disbelief at the news by announcing he found it “utterly ridiculous” that they would erase the iconic episode. The BBC owned streaming service has taken down the episode that features racial references after other shows including Little Britain were also expunged from TV screens.
The Good Morning Britain host tweeted to 7.6 million followers: “Stupid. This is getting utterly ridiculous.”
His outraged fans responded to the news in their droves, as they claim it is political “censorship”.
One wrote: “This is censorship, plain & simple.”
Another replied: “And the censorship of life, in general, continues at an astounding rate.”
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A third commented:” I‘m German and I have never met a German who was offended by this.”
Piers followed his initial comment on the programme by sharing another status on “insane political correctness”.
“Memo to the world: don’t let insane political correctness & absurd celebrity virtue-signalling destroy the very real & very powerful movement for an end to racial inequality & injustice since George Floyd’s murder. Or nothing will change.”
Fawlty Towers was a long-running British sitcom that featured legendary actor John Cleese as main character Basil Fawlty.
In the episode taken down, Basil is seen goose-stepping around his hotel while shouting, “don’t mention the war!”.
When approached for comment on whether the removal was permanent, a UKTV spokesperson said: “We aren’t commenting on individual titles.
“However, we regularly review our programmes, and make edits, add warnings and make schedule changes where necessary to ensure that our channels meet the expectations of our audience.”
Later the channel confirmed that the episode was under review due to “racial slurs”.
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There has been a recent surge of attention to British comedy shows since the Black Lives Matter protests, which has forced companies to address racism in their organisations.
Little Britain starring Matt Lucas and David Williams, was entirely removed from BBC iPlayer after its use of blackface by the two comedians.
The BBC has been investigating programmes to ensure they comply with modern attitudes toward race and culture.
Streaming service Netflix has also pulled shows Mighty Boosh and League of Gentleman that include instances of blackface.
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In the US, HBO took down multi-award-winning Gone with the Wind, as it depicted slavery.
HBO released a statement on their decision: “These racist depictions were wrong then and are wrong today, and we felt that to keep this title up without an explanation and a denouncement of those depictions would be irresponsible.”
The film will be put back on the platform with a discussion of the “historical context” in which it was produced.
As the Black Lives Matter movement continues to provoke meaningful change, streaming services have vowed to listen and alert viewers to any upsetting historic depictions of racism.
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