People Are Getting Offended By 'Summer Heights High'

When you talk about Summer Heights High, it's hard not to yell out 'puck you Miss' or 'thank God you're here. Where have you been, bitch'.

Or maybe you're not yelling anything out - maybe the show has wound you right up instead. Certainly seems to have been the case with someone people, with viewers complaining about it being 'racist' and 'incredibly offensive'.

That's right, people have been grumbling that the show, set in a fictional high school in an outer suburb of Sydney, is giving them cause for concern.

Credit: Twitter
Credit: Twitter

One person, who clearly isn't a huge fan of SHH, was initially commenting on another show entirely when they said: "I slept on American Vandal so hard, it's such a great show. Imagine Summer Heights High but not racist."

While a second person wrote, simply: "I found Summer Heights High offensive."

Another viewer was actually recommending the show, but still felt moved to add a warning, writing: "Lmao if you want to watch it it's called Summer Heights High, it's a mini series, but it's incredibly offensive, so just be warned. It's funny tho."

The mockumentary sitcom is written by and stars Aussie comedian Chris Lilley, who plays multiple characters including narcissistic nightmare schoolgirl Ja'mie King, troublemaker Jonah Takalua and Mr G, the emphatically showbiz drama teacher with delusions of his own wasted talent.

The three main characters' storylines never actually cross over, but we see all their misfortunes and aspirations.

Jonah proved a controversial character too, with Lilley's SHH spin-off series Jonah from Tonga being withdrawn from Māori Television after protests regarding its representation of the Tongan community, as well as Lilley's use of 'brownface' makeup.

Writing for the Guardian, Morgan Godfery said: "No matter how worthy the satire, Jonah's brownface is never neutral. No matter how funny Ja'mie can be, it is still a white bloke acting out problems he's never had.

"Is it really necessary to dress in brownface to make the point that 'the Island boys', to quote one of Jonah's teachers, have a hard time at school?

"The danger here is that instead of critiquing stereotypes, his character risks re-inscribing them. When high schoolers tell their teacher to 'puck off', are they critiquing 'Island' stereotypes or indulging in something that's only acceptable when impersonating a brown body?"

Lilley confirmed back in March that he's signed a deal for a new 10-part Netflix series set on Australia's Gold Coast.

Details are very scant for the new programme, with no title or synopsis available but apparently it will be filmed from March to June.

The Premier of Queensland, Annastacia Palaszczuk, said in a statement: "I am delighted to have enticed Chris Lilley and producer Laura Waters to Queensland.

"The series will employ up to 250 Queensland cast and extras, plus around 100 Queensland crew.

"The project will also support two local screen practitioners, who will have the opportunity to work on the series to further develop their professional skills."

Featured Image Credit: ABC/Summer Heights High

Rebecca Shepherd

Rebecca Shepherd is a Journalist at LADbible. She graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with a First Class BA in Journalism. Becky previously worked as Chief Reporter at Cavendish Press, supplying news and feature stories to national newspapers and women's magazines.

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