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Chris Lilley's New Show For Netflix Is Unsurprisingly Offensive

Comedic gold this ain't.<br />

Hoo boy, we’ve got a doozy here to unpack today, folks.

Following confirmation back in 2018 that Chris Lilley will be making a new 10-part series for Netflix, the streaming giant has dropped the first trailer for this show, titled Lunatics.

The show follows the lives of “six extraordinary individuals”, all of whom are played by Lilley, and explores the idea that they’re not what they initially seem in the style of a mockumentary. If you’ve watched any previous show by Lilley, like Jonah from Tonga or Angry BoysLunatics is basically just that all over again, right down to being inappropriately offensive.

Let’s look at each of the six characters whom Lilley is portraying in Lunatics. First there’s Jana, who is described as “a lesbian Pet Psychic to the Stars who from her South African home base struggles with an unrequited love for her personal assistant”, and sees Lilley cross-dressing as an African woman complete with an afro.

Comedy, people, this is comedy!

Quentin, who is an “incompetant real estate agent about to inherit a family business but also dreams of being a world-renowned DJ and street artist.” He also has a huge butt, which is a family trait or something.

*Insert joke about liking big butts and you can’t lie*

Gavin, a “12-year-old” boy and “future Earl of an English country estate dealing with the pressures of his future and trying to be a kid”. He also likes wearing crocs and making dumb videos for his Instagram.

What is it with Chris Lilley and running around as pre-pubescent teenagers?

Joyce, an “eccentric elderly ex porn star and hoarder who is now a recluse who obsessively collects things while facing an impending eviction.” There’s nothing really positive to joke about here so let’s just move on.

Keith, a “fashion retail veteran embarking on a new business venture who struggles with objective sexuality issues and his deep love for a cash register.” The name of his new store? My D!ck. Yes, it’s pronounced exactly as you think.

Everyone, meet Keith Dick. He has a sexuality disorder, whatever that means.

And finally, there’s Becky, an “extraordinarily tall University freshman embarking on life in an American college with her twin sister and dealing with social issues and life with massive legs.”

Lilley is wearing portraying someone over 7ft tall, which is something new for him I guess.

So to recap, Lilley is unflatteringly riffing on people of colour (again) by cross-dressing as an African woman, teenagers with mental and social issues (again), sex workers, people with sexual dysfunctions and disorders, and people with big butts.

Faaaaaantastic.

At a time when diversity is more important than ever, it’s difficult to see where exactly Lunatics will fit into the pop-culture landscape because this will start yet another conversation on how Lilley’s brand of mid-2000s comedy is outdated and inappropriate for 2019.

But before we ask ourselves (again) why Chris Lilley is still a thing, let’s give him the benefit of the doubt for now and see how Lunatics pans out when it drops on April 19. Who knows, he may surprise us though I wouldn’t hold my breath.

Check Your Inbox, You Might Be The Latest Victim Of A Netflix Scam Flogging Your Personal Details

Be careful with your deets, Netflix subscribers.

Scam emails are nothing new these days and are as prevalent as Noah Centineo romcoms on Netflix. Hell, you’ve probably been sent a couple of emails from a rich Nigerian prince in the time it took you to get to the end of this sentence.

Speaking of Netflix and scams, there’s new email scam going around asking people for their personal details while masquerading as the streaming giant.

The latest Netflix email scam is pretty similar to every other type of email scam in that it’ll ask you for your bank details due to a billing problem or something along those lines. While, this new one is a bit more sophisticated in its execution – it uses a high(ish) resolution images of the company’s branding and the email address has “Netflix” in it – there are still a bunch of red flags.

Despite managing to get better using images and actual Netflix email addresses (which apparently come from compromised email accounts), the scammers still have a big grammar and spelling issue as errors like “Dears Customer” are blatantly obvious in the email copy.

This won’t be a surprise to many as Netflix email scams have come up over more and more over the last couple of years due to the streaming giant’s popularity.

We’ve already had a couple of Netflix scams go around in 2019 and we’re only 3 months into the year.

So if you’ve been sent one of these scam emails, do yourself a favour and delete it before reporting the scammer to Netflix. The last thing you need is some Nigerian prince nabbing your bank deets while you’re trying to binge watch To All The Boys I’ve Loved 2 or something.

Stranger Things Season 3 Is The Ratatouille Prequel We Never Expected

Tiny furry visitors are coming to Hawkins, probably to cook for everyone.

It’s a little hard to believe but it’s been over a year and a half since season two of Stranger Things ended.

Season three is scheduled to drop on July 4 but so far we’ve had almost no info about the upcoming episodes to go on, other than the context-less episode titles and dad Steve Harrington working hard for the kids.

But it appears that the Stranger Things marketing machine is starting to awake because a new trailer has just been dropped and we have our first big look at what to expect for the upcoming eight-episode season.

And based on the brief 7-second clip, it looks like Stranger Things 3 is going to be a gritty prequel to Pixar’s Ratatouille of some sort. I mean, just look:

Joking aside though, this clip reveals very little and quite a bit at the same time.

We know that one of the upcoming episodes is titled “The Mall Rats”, seemingly in reference to these tiny four-legged visitors, and it is confirmed that season three will revolve around Hawkins’ Starcourt Mall. Combine that with the clip’s caption of “It’s almost feeding time”, it feels like something ominous will be descending upon the little Indiana town and its new mall.

Or it could just be Remy and his fellow cohort of rats moving into Hawkins to run the many restaurants in Starcourt Mall.

The service is going to be amazing at Starcourt Mall.

We’re still not sure how the Russians or the Upside Down fits in with all the rats but given how poor Will Byers copped a good share of unfortunate luck over the last two seasons, chances are that he’s in for a miserable and furry journey in season three.

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