A Peep Show scene during which Robert Webb’s character Jez wears blackface make-up has been faraway from Netflix.
But the scene from sequence 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 sequence 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the programmes in its streaming archive span greater than 30 years, and it’s reviewing the way in which it handles outdated exhibits.
‘A posh problem’
They mentioned: “Many shows reflect the time they were made and some contain content which could now be regarded as inappropriate.
“It is a posh problem significantly when it pertains to programmes that satirised, commented on or challenged a particular second in our tradition that’s now not related to audiences at present.
“We understand the strong feelings provoked by some of this content but we do not believe that erasing our creative history is a quick fix for the issues affecting our society today.
“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 rules 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 dying of George Floyd in police custody.
Gone With The Wind was briefly faraway from HBO Max, however 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 related 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 eliminated.
Matt Lucas and David Walliams apologised for his or her use of blackface after two of their sequence, Little Britain and Come Fly With Me, had been faraway from circulation.
Leigh Francis also apologised for utilizing masks to decorate up as black celebrities reminiscent of Trisha Goddard, Craig David and Melanie B on the Channel Four present Bo Selecta.
And Ant and Dec have said sorry for impersonating folks of color on Saturday Night Takeaway.