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Fawlty Towers Episode Removed From UKTV For Racial Slurs; People Get Angry Because Of False Reporting

People are angry.

In the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement in the past week a bunch of TV shows that could be described as problematic have been removed from television – ‘Little Britain’, ‘The League Of Gentleman’, ‘Bo Selecta’ etc – and the latest one of these is ‘Fawlty Towers’.

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The much loved English sitcom has had the famous ‘Don’t Mention The War’ episode – in which Basil Fawlty marches around a group of German tourists in his hotel saying ‘don’t mention the war’ over and over again – removed from UKTV. Here’s what a UKTV rep had to say about the removal:

We aren’t commenting on individual titles. However, we regularly review our programmes, and make edits, add warnings and make schedule changes where necessary to ensure that our channels meet the expectations of our audience.

He later admitted the episode was under review because it contained racial slurs, most notably when Major Gowen uses offensive language as he’s talking about the West Indies cricket team and Basil himself looked horrified when being seen by a black doctor at the hospital. Can kinda see why that probably isn’t so woke in the current climate.

However, most mainstream media outlets have reported that the ‘Don’t Mention The War’ episode has been removed in their headlines, leading many to believe that the racial slurs being questioned are those towards the Germans. This obviously led the gammon brigade to go absolutely mad on Twitter, expressing their disgust in the following ways.

Make sure you read the last tweet because that sums it all up:

OK firstly, I don’t really care about these old TV shows getting removed from streaming platforms and find it amazing that people are getting so butthurt about it. I’m sure if you want to watch them so much they’re pretty easy to get on DVD or find a stream of somewhere on the internet, but the fact is that most of them are shit anyway and you probably haven’t watched them for about a decade anyway. I can’t even imagine getting upset if my favourite TV show got cancelled ahead of time now, let alone an episode of something that finished decades ago being pulled from regular scheduling. Get a life.

I can appreciate that – like many things – these TV shows are supposed to be satire and were made at a time when attitudes were a lot different to now and they’re simply products of the time and they should be viewed as such. I don’t think they need to be removed because of this, but I don’t really care that they have been. Can’t really believe that many people are even watching them anyway?

Secondly – and more importantly – it gets even better when you realise that people are actually getting offended about the show getting deleted because of the wrong part of it being problematic though. Or does it? It kinda seems like all this stuff about statues and especially TV shows is really detracting from the point here (and also the news released today that the UK economy completely tanked at the start of lockdown – worst drop in history). This guy sums it up pretty nicely in his Facebook status.

Don’t get caught up in false narratives. Think about what’s happening.

For more of the same, check out this thread that exposes the true nature of British racism. Get educated.

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