John Clees posted on the BBC “Coward, Brave and Contempt” after removing an episode of Faulty Towers from a BBC-owned broadcast platform.
The 1975 episode, The Germans, was directed from UKTV broadcasting because it contains “ethnic slanders.”
In it, the pioneer uses a very offensive language, and Basil Volti of Klys declares “Don’t Remember War.”
Claire wrote on Twitter: “The BBC is now run by a mixture of marketing people and young bureaucrats.”
He added: “I had hoped that a person on BBC would understand that there are two ways to ridicule human behavior.
“The first is to attack him directly. The other is to have someone with fun personal integrity, and to speak on behalf of this behavior.”
He went on to compare the situation with the case of Alf Garnett, the racist character in sitcoms Until Death, for us to play a role, in disease and in health.
“We laughed at the opinions of a thousand reactionaries. Thus we lost their credibility, by laughing at it.” Cleese Books.
Of course, there were people – very stupid people – who said, “Thank God someone says these things in the end.” We laughed at these people too. Now they make decisions about the comedy on the BBC.
He continued: “But it is not just stupidity. The BBC is now run by a mixture of marketing people and young bureaucrats. There have been a large number of people who have already made programs. Not anymore.
“So the BBC’s decisions are made by people who don’t care about losing their jobs … that’s why they are so cowardly, ordinary and humiliated. I’m putting my case down.”
UKTV also operates channels including Gold, and many of its channels and digital player have been seized by the commercial arm of BBC Studios BBC last year. A BBC spokesman declined to comment.
A UKTV spokesman said: “UKTV has temporarily removed an episode of Fawlty Towers The Germans from the Gold’s Box Set.
“The episode contains racist slurs, so we remove the episode while reviewing it. We regularly review older content to make sure it meets the audience’s expectations and is particularly aware of the impact of the old language.
“Some programs carry warnings and others are edited. We want to take some time to look at our options for this episode.”
The Germans are still available to view on Britbox, partly owned by the BBC, with a message saying it “contains some offensive ethnic language at the time and annoying scenes.” Also on Netflix, it carries a warning about “language, [and] discrimination”.
Journalist and broadcaster Carl Anka called the removal a “waste of time”, noting that many people would prefer it if UKTV and other companies were “simply committed to employing black designs” instead.
In 2013, it was reported that Cleese agreed to edit offensive fonts when they were repeated on TV.
“We are very proud of the Faulty Towers and their contribution to the British TV comedy,” a BBC spokesman said. She told the Daily Mail at that time.
“But the public stances have changed dramatically since they were made and it was decided to make some minor changes, with the approval of the John Cleas administration, to allow the episode to be transferred to the family’s audience at 7:30 pm on BBC Two.”
This week, many comedian channels and characters have taken steps to reassess what is acceptable in today’s society, after big black protests over life after George Floyd’s death.
HBO Max temporarily removed Gone With The Wind because of its “ethnic photos”, and small Britain was removed from BBC iPlayer and Britbox because “times have changed”.
Netflix also removed Little Britain as well as David Walliams, Matt Lucas’s Come Fly With Me, The League of Gentlemen and The Mighty Boosh.
Meanwhile, Ant and Dec apologized for impersonating “colored people” on Saturday night for takeaway, and ITV requested removal of the 2003 and 2004 drawings from the catch-up service.
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Last week, comedian Les Francis issued an emotional apology for wearing him as a black celebrity at Bo Bo Selecta.