The recently pulled Fawlty Towers episode has been reinstated by UKTV. John Cleese reacted to the removal with some sincere thoughts.
We are experiencing a time of great change for a variety of reasons.
The world has been caught in the grip of a pandemic, with many of us having been in lockdown for the last few months.
Additionally, the tragic death of George Floyd shook America and subsequently the world. In response, many have shown overwhelming support for the Black Lives Matter movement, signing petitions, making donations and attending protests.
The stand against racism and police brutality has been documented on the news for weeks, but more recently, its influence on entertainment has divided.
We have seen the likes of Little Britain, The Mighty Boosh and Gone With the Wind removed from streaming services and so forth for the use of blackface and representation of slavery etc. Of course, many have championed the decision.
On the other hand, some feel that the titles aren’t an issue and should be reinstated.
Interestingly, in the case of a pulled Fawlty Towers episode, there has been success…
Fawlty Towers episode reinstated
Recently, season 1 episode 6 – titled ‘The Germans’ – was removed from the BBC-owned streaming service UKTV.
As highlighted by Vulture, it was pulled after the service made efforts to reconsider its catalogue under the current political landscape. Due to the use of “racial slurs”, it wasn’t difficult to see why they made the episode unavailable.
However, they include that the episode will return to UKTV and it’s clear that actor John Cleese’s reaction has influenced their change of heart.
In a tweet addressing the removal, he weighed in: “But it’s not just stupidity. The BBC is now run by a mixture of marketing people and petty bureaucrats. It used to have a large sprinkling of people who’d actually made programmes. Not any more. So BBC decisions are made by persons whose main concern is not losing their jobs…”
However, his thoughts don’t end there…
John Cleese addresses backlash
In an interview with the Age, John Cleese has weighed in on the problematic character whose language surely resulted in the removal.
Commenting on the veteran character who says the N-word, he expressed:
“The Major was an old fossil left over from decades before. We were not supporting his views, we were making fun of them. If they can’t see that, if people are too stupid to see that, what can one say?”
Although it will be returning to screens, Vulture also notes that it will be reinstated with “extra guidance” in the “coming days”. So, while the language may still prove shocking to audiences, it will come with a warning.
You can check out what UKTV said of the situation in the below tweet:
Audiences react on Twitter
A number of fans have reacted to the news of it returning to certain services.
Check out a selection of tweets:
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