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Saturday Night Takeaway Joke About Infecting Humans Branded 'Insensitive' By Viewers

Saturday Night Takeaway Joke About Infecting Humans Branded 'Insensitive' By Viewers

People watching Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway last night became a bit miffed after the presenting duo told a joke that people thought was 'insensitive' to the current coronavirus pandemic.

However, the segment for the show was actually filmed months ago, before this was really even a thing.

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That means that either Ant and Dec and their writers are amazingly prescient and were somehow privy to the events of the future well in advance, or it's a complete coincidence.

Credit: ITV
Credit: ITV

Anyway, the Geordie duo were filmed for a segment on their popular light entertainment show called Men in Brown, during which various celebrities vowed to 'infect the human scum'.

Obviously, that's a bit of a sore subject right now, given that people are actually being seriously harmed and dying as a result of an infection.

Without getting too far into the plot, Paul Hollywood - yes, the celebrity chef and Bake Off star - was revealed as the head of a malevolent alien race called The Squits, and began to possess the minds of humans until finally halted by Ant and Dec.

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Anyway, when infected, the humans would say "infect the human scum'. Which has touched a few nerves with viewers.

One disgruntled observer wrote: "People are dying by contracting a virus...in case you missed it. The line infect the human scum should have been edited or cut for insensitivity reasons."

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Another person said: "Disappointed that #SaturdayNightTakeaway has just said a few times in it 'infect the human scum' if I worked there and if that was me I would of [sic] pulled that from the show in the current pandemic crisis!"

A third offered: "Anybody else think that broadcasting Ant and Dec's new catchphrase 'infect the human scum' is in more than a little bad taste?

"Or should we assume that as part of the Illuminati it is a message to their elite friends?"

Hey, that's an original take. Perhaps there's something to it?

Credit: ITV
Credit: ITV

Probably not. As several others pointed out, the spot was probably filmed ages ago, and therefore wasn't meant to be insensitive at all.

Sure, they could have cut it, but they'd only have had to come up with something else, and nobody really wants that, do they?

One supporter said: "People crying about using the phrase 'infect the human scum' need to get a bloody life. It's about aliens for Christ's sake, filmed months ago, and it's lighthearted fun. FFS"

Nobody is saying that it's not lighthearted, but - to be quite honest - it's not that fun, either.

Oh well, it's been a long week for us all.

Featured Image Credit: ITV

Topics: TV and Film, UK Entertainment

Tom Wood

Tom Wood is a LADbible journalist and Twin Peaks enthusiast. Despite having a career in football cut short by a chronic lack of talent, he managed to obtain degrees from both the University of London and Salford. According to his French teacher, at the weekends he mostly likes to play football and go to the park with his brother. Contact Tom on [email protected]