David Walliams Wore A 'Racially Insensitive' Costume For Halloween
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After making a name for himself through comedy series like Little Britain and Come Fly With Me, in which the actors wore black face paint and mocked the disabled, David Walliams opted for an insensitive Halloween outfit which has led to accusations of racism.
He got geared up as North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un for Goth Christmas, with a number of people describing the costume as racist and accusing him of 'yellow face'.
Last night, Walliams posted a photo of himself on Twitter dressed in a black suit, wig and prosthesis - sparking the row.
Happy Halloween from Kim Jong-un. pic.twitter.com/fGbpo5EgmF
- David Walliams (@davidwalliams) October 31, 2017
Others pointed out that, as well as being completely unwoke, making light of the dictator is in poor taste due to the number of civil rights abuses perpetrated by the country's totalitarian regime.
In 2015, North Korean defector Yeonmi Park, who escaped when she was 15, criticised the West for laughing at him.
"His haircut is funny. He is fat. He is like a cartoon character somehow, and he might try to kill me but now I am free, so I can say anything I want," she told an audience at the One Young World Summit in Bangkok.
Credit: BBC / Graham Norton Show
"Kim Jong-un is not a joke to me. He was a God I had to worship every day. He is a murderer. Making fun of dictators cannot be enough. Why is it so funny?"
Here's how people reacted to Walliams' costume...
And this is why I'm never buying any of his books. David Walliams was and still is a racist. pic.twitter.com/gHM3xerz9p
- Wei Ming Kam (@weimingkam) October 31, 2017
Why does David Walliams keep doing this racist shit so publicly and never get properly called out for it? https://t.co/WyO0DBFOqo
- Frankensteiner King (@VileIain) October 31, 2017
How long is David Walliams going to be openly racist for and keep a career?
- carly rae gemsona (@sistersinead) October 31, 2017
Ugh. David Walliams track record of racist "comedy" is amazing.
- SuspiciouslyGinger (@MissMacSee) November 1, 2017
The uproar comes after Walliams' comedy partner, Matt Lucas, said that their old show would be considered 'too offensive' if it was released today.
Lucas said it would be 'very hard to play characters of other races now... we would definitely approach it very differently'.
He also told the Big Issue that he would do things differently if they made the show again: "We made a more cruel kind of comedy than I'd do now."
"Society has moved on a lot since then and my own views have evolved," he added. "Now I think it's lazy for white people to get a laugh just by playing black characters."