The BBC launched an investigation into the sitcom Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em following a complaint from viewers which is claimed to feature a homophobic slur.
The series first aired in February 1973, and was investigated by the Beeb after an episode was repeated on BBC Two and subsequently a viewer complained about the language used. Prior to the episode airing, the BBC did share a warning, telling viewers that the instalment may contain outdated language.
The episode in question saw Frank Spencer say, “I’m the chief of the pixies, I’m the friend of all the little boys and girls.”
“Oh no you’re not, you’re a p**f,” a boy then yelled at Frank.
Frank responded with, “I beg your pardon, block your ears!”
The complaint from a chancing viewer led the BBC to investigate the matter, but an internal watchdog decided it does not breach editorial guidelines.
A spokesman for the BBC quoted, “Attitudes and language change over time and our approach is to tell viewers when a show includes something that may be offensive, inappropriate or outdated.”
It comes not long after Ray Allen confirmed that Sir David Jason was rejected for the lead role of Frank Spencer in the popular comedy series.
He explained that bosses thought he lacked “star quality” and the role was given to Michael Crawford. They couldn’t have been more wrong really could they!
Raymond told The Daily Telegraph, “Yes, he is very funny. But he’s only funny in supporting roles. He hasn’t got star quality.”
“He’ll always be a supporting actor.”
Raymond added to the publication that it was “stressful” writing the classic comedy series.
“People think comedy is easy to write,” he stated.
“But you’re sitting there and it’s absolutely… really stressful.”
Some Mothers Do ’Ave ’Em ran its course from 1973 until its third series in 1978 and returned in 2016 for a Sports Relief one off.
However it is not the only BBC TV series to face a backlash in recent months.
Little Britain, Blackadder, and The League of Gentleman have all come under fire for the language used.
The BBC was slammed in January after they aired Grease and subsequently viewers complained that John Travolta’s character Danny was racist, homophobic and used bullying language.
The 1978 classic is one of the most popular films in history, but when it aired on BBC One on Boxing Day, it was met with disgust by some viewers with many writing hashtags such as #MeToo.
A viewer posted on Twitter, “The drive-in/botched make-out session between Danny and Sandy hasn’t aged well. Film kinda glides right into song (“Sandy”) before viewers register the date rapey vibe of the scene they just saw #Grease.”
Another commented, “Ahhh man. Just watching #Grease one of my favourite films and it’s so of its time. Misogynistic, sexist and a bit rapey.”
Another tweeted, “Grease is far too sexist and overly white and should be banned from the screen. It is nearly 2021 after all.”
So should we re-write the whole of history to just to handle a few snowflakes who may or may not see it ever again? You could choose not to watch, which is what most sane and educated folk might do. No good worrying about what was said over 45 years ago, why not do something constructive instead, like stop worrying about the past!
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