Chris Lilley Says He Ignores Criticism Of His New Netflix Show Lunatics

Chris Lilley has responded to social media criticism of his new Netflix show Lunatics by saying that he doesn't even look at it.

That's a pretty good approach to anything you see online that you don't like - just chalk it up to experience and don't look at it again.

Since it was released on Netflix last Friday, Lilley's latest mockumentary Lunatics has come in for quite a bit of criticism online from both reviewers who - let's be fair - are actually paid to criticise, and from commentators on social media.

However, those who are Twitter trashing Lilley's work are on a hiding to nothing, apparently, as he simply doesn't bother reading it at all.

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Credit: Netflix

The Australian comic told The Weekend Australian on Saturday: "Reading all those opinions would affect me, and it would affect what I was trying to create next.

"Earlier in my career I didn't have to think about it [social media]. Now I choose not to. It's easy - you just don't look."

If only it were that easy, Chris mate.

Lunatics is a show that follows around a collection of new characters devised by the man brought us Angry Boys and Summer Heights High.

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Credit: Netflix

Like a lot of Lilley's work, it's been criticised heavily for Lilley's use of stereotypes, as well as accusations of 'blackface'.

One of the characters in the new one is Jana, who is described as a 'South African lesbian and pet psychic'. She's also got an Afro wig and a broad South African accent.

On Twitter, one critic said: "There is absolutely no way to justify blackface in 2019. Fuck Chris Lilley, and fuck anyone who works with him."

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Credit: Netflix

Another added: "Why the fuck is Chris Lilley being funded and applauded for cultural (and disability appropriation) again? Why is Netflix airing this Lunatics tripe? (Disclaimer: I used to watch and enjoy his shows years ago but learnt how damaging he is and threw out the DVDs)."

The show's producer, Laura Walters, later cleared up some of that issue by confirming that Jana isn't actually supposed to be a woman of colour.

She said: "Correcting some confusion - in the new show Lunatics, Chris Lilley is not portraying a woman of colour.

"When the series is released you will see that Jana is a white woman with huge 70s style curly hair."

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Credit: Netflix

However, it isn't just the ethnicity and sexuality of the characters that are getting on some people's wick. Some of them just straight up don't like the show.

Another Twitter user said: "I've just watched the first two eps of #Lunatics and am gutted. It's terrible; I mean really terrible. I don't want it to undermine the brilliant stuff Lilley has done in the past, but it kinda makes me question everything."

Luckily for Lilley, he won't be reading them.

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Tom Wood

Tom Wood is a freelance journalist and LADbible contributor. He graduated from University of London with a BA in Philosophy before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. He has previously written for the M.E.N Group as well as working for several top professional sports clubs. Contact him on [email protected]

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