Hit British TV comedy Little Britain has been accused of promoting prejudice and hatred.
A study by a London School of Economics academic says many of the show's characters – from teenage mum Vicky Pollard to proud gay Daffyd – are stereotypes based on people's dislike of others of a different class, sexuality, race or gender.
For those who have not seen it, the BBC comedy Little Britain is based on recurring character sketches. Among these are Daffyd Thomas, the only gay in the village of Llandewi Breffi. For those who have seen the show (which has to be watched a few times before one learns the characters sufficiently to appreciate it), but lack a sense of humor, Daffyd is funny because he identifies himself through victimhood to such an extent that he cannot see that there are plenty of well-adjusted and accepted gay people in his village, and he resents it when his neighbors fail to discriminate against him.
In short, he is exactly the sort of gay person, a humorless victim unable to laugh at himself, that a nitwit academic like Deborah Finding would wish to see more of. Perhaps that's why she hates him so, even as she acknowledges that Matt Lucas, the show's developer who plays Daffyd, is himself gay.
No doubt Finding also finds self-hatred in the work of Chris Rock.
A short clip (with a bit of NSFW language):
For fans of, as a prude like Professor Finding would classify it, bawdy comedy that at its best approaches Monty Python, I highly recommend the show, which can be seen on BBC America, or the American version currently running on HBO, which while still quite funny does suffer a bit because the makers are somewhat less familiar with what makes America funny than they are with what makes Britain funny.
As a bonus, both shows feature scandalous narration from Tom Baker, better known as the Doctor Who with the long scarf and the curly hair.
Via Andrew Bolt, and run about a month or two ago at another site. Professor Finding, however, still asserts that Little Britain is hate speech, so it's as relevant as ever.
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