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You Can't Binge 'Little Britain' On Netflix Anymore, And For Good Reason

It has not aged well.

If ‘cancel culture’ has taught us anything, it’s that in 2020, there is nowhere to hide your problematic actions and statements – past or present. It’s something the BBC is grappling with, in deciding to remove the TV series Little Britain from streaming platforms like Netflix. Hear all about it below:

According to The Guardian, Little Britain has been removed from Netflix, BritBox and BBC iPlayer due to concerns about the use of blackface by its two leads, David Walliams and Matt Lucas.

Sketches involving blackface haven’t been Little Britain’s only cause for concern since the show first aired in 2003. It’s been heavily criticised over the years for featuring damaging stereotypes and representations of women and disabled people, amongst other problematic characters.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, BBC said, “there’s a lot of historical programming available on BBC iPlayer, which we regularly review. Times have changed since Little Britain first aired so it is not currently available on BBC iPlayer.” 

Even Little Britain star Matt Lucas regrets some of the ‘jokes’ he made on the show. “If I could go back and do Little Britain again, I wouldn’t make those jokes about transvestites. I wouldn’t play black characters,” he told The Guardian in 2017. “Basically, I wouldn’t make that show now. It would upset people. We made a more cruel kind of comedy than I’d do now.”

“Society has moved on a lot since then and my own views have evolved,” he said. “There was no bad intent there – the only thing you could accuse us of was greed. We just wanted to show off about what a diverse bunch of people we could play.”

Whether it was showcasing a ‘diverse bunch of people’ or not, there’s absolutely no denying that Little Britain has not aged well. As Vice’s Angus Harrison wrote in 2018, “what’s staggering re-watching Little Britain now is that it only punched down.”

“The writing process for every sketch seems to have been spinning a wheel of misfortune, landing a vulnerable subject from the most disadvantaged rung of British society and turning them into a cartoon character,” Harrison wrote. “It was a point and laugh job, nothing more.”

The Guardian reports that Walliams and Lucas’ follow-up series Come Fly With Me has also been removed from streaming platforms.

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‘The Flash’ Star Joins Long List Of Celebs Fired Over Old, Offensive Tweets

A tale as old as time.

The consequences of a resurfaced and incredibly problematic tweet – it’s a Hollywood tale as old as time and the latest star to land in hot water as a result is The Flash actor, Hartley Sawyer.

Sawyer – who plays Ralph Dibny AKA Elongated Man on The Flash – has been fired from his acting gig on The CW series after his old tweets containing racist and misogynistic remarks came to light. 

One of the tweets, which originates from 2012 – before Sawyer joined The Flash – reads, “The only thing keeping me from doing mildly racist tweets is the knowledge that Al Sharpton would never stop complaining about.”

In 2014, Sawyer posted, “Enjoyed a secret boob viewing at an audition today.” Another reads, “Date rape myself so I don’t have to masturbate.” Utterly atrocious stuff. 

“Hartley Sawyer will not be returning for season seven of The Flash,” reads a statement from The CW, Warner Bros. TV producers, Berlanti Productions and executive producer Eric Wallace. “In regards to Mr. Sawyer’s posts on social media, we do not tolerate derogatory remarks that target any race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, or sexual orientation.”

“Such remarks are antithetical to our values and policies, which strive and evolve to promote a safe, inclusive and productive environment for our workforce,” the statement continues.

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After the tweets surfaced, Hartley Sawyer apologised to his Instagram followers, writing in part, “My words, irrelevant of being meant with an intent of humor, were hurtful, and unacceptable. I am ashamed I was capable of these really horrible attempts to get attention at that time. I regret them deeply.”

“Years ago, thanks to friends and experiences who helped me to open my eyes, I began my journey into becoming a more responsible adult – in terms of what I say, what I do, and beyond. I’ve largely kept that journey private, and this is another way that I have let so many down. I still have more work to do,” he wrote in the caption. “But how I define myself now does not take away the impact of my words, or my responsibility for them. I am very sorry.”

This is by no means the first time a celebrity has been booted from a high profile gig over resurfaced tweets. In 2018, the TV show Roseanne was cancelled after the show’s lead, Roseanne Barr, fired off a series of incredibly racist tweets, including a comment referring to former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett as the offspring of the “Muslim Brotherhood & Planet of the Apes.”

‘Cancelled by tweet’ isn’t a recent phenomenon, either. In 2012, American Pie star Jason Biggs was replaced as a voice on Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles after his tweets were unearthed, which included “jokes” about the Malaysian Airlines tragedy, a sexually explicit comment about a politician’s wife, and more.

Eight years on and it appears that very little has been learned from these past mistakes. Hartley Sawyer’s story is just another reminder to think before you fire off an offensive tweet, and that screenshots live forever.

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Channel Your Bunnings Sausage Sizzle Cravings Into A Good Cause This Weekend

Get your grill on and help fight MND.

Ahh, our beloved Bunnings sausage sizzle. Crispy beef sausage, caramelised onions, lashings of sauce, cradled in a fluffy slice of Wonder White bread – it’s a national treasure. 

Sadly, COVID-19 and strict government restrictions means we’ve been left hankering to get down to Bunnings and get stuck into a sausage sanga for weeks now. However, this long weekend is all about hosting a virtual BBQ at home for a very good cause.

We spoke to Bec Daniher, the daughter of FightMND’s Neale Daniher, on the most recent episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…about how we can get our grill on and join the fight against Motor Neuron Disease this Queen’s Birthday. Listen below:

“Motor Neuron Disease is a terminal illness, there are no effective treatments, and there is no cure for it,” Daniher explains. “It attacks the neurons in your body which control your muscles. When they waste away, you can’t use your muscles. It stops you from being able to walk, to talk, to swallow – eventually you’re unable to breathe.”

Daniher said there’s a misconception that MND is a “rare disease” because of how quickly it can take someone’s life. “The average lifespan is 27 months,” she says. “Two people are diagnosed every day in Australia, and two people lose that battle. It’s something we have to fight together.”

Motor Neuron Disease is something that affects so many people, but there are so many efforts being made all over the world to raise awareness about the disease, and help find effective treatment and a cure.

FightMND’s Big Freeze 6 is one of those initiatives, in partnership with the AFL. “Usually, it kicks off at the MCG on the Queen’s Birthday during the game between Melbourne and Collingwood. 10 amazing celebrities go down a big slide into a pool filled with two tonnes of ice, all to help raise money for MND.”

Due to the pandemic, things look a little different for the Big Freeze this year, but it’s easier than ever to get involved at home. “An AFL player from every club across Australia is doing their own version of the ice bucket – Big Freeze challenge,” she explains.”On June 8th, we’re asking everyone to tune into Channel 7 to check it out.” 

“What I’ve learnt from Dad is that with any challenge, there is opportunity,” she says. “With this COVID world we’ve been put in, it’s forced us to look at different opportunities and how we can do this campaign better.”

Daniher is also encouraging Aussies to get involved in the fight against MND by using the Big Freeze hashtags and joining the conversation on social media. “Social media, from our perspective, is becoming our major marketing tool – to reach as many different people as we can, and the message continues to grow,” Daniher says. 

It’s a great excuse to fire up the barbie and replicate your very own Bunnings sausage sizzle. If you’re not a fan of BBQ’d meat, you can also head to Bunnings and pick up FightMND beanie. Your head will thank you come the cooler months.

You can also get involved this long weekend on the Big Freeze 6 Facebook event – Bunnings will donate $2.50 to FightMND for everyone who clicks attending and $2.50 on behalf of each Australian Team Members, a total of $100,000.

Rugging up and getting stuck into a sausage for a good cause? Sounds like the perfect long weekend.

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