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Rebel Wilson Says It's 'A Bit Crazy' That Little Britain Was Removed

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Actor Rebel Wilson has said she thinks it's 'a bit crazy' that Little Britain was pulled from Netflix over the controversy of David Walliams' and Matt Lucas' use of blackface.

The show was also taken down from various other streaming services, including BBC iPlayer, NOW TV and Britbox.

Wilson, who is a long-time friend of the show's co-creator Matt Lucas and used to live with him for three years, spoke about the news during an interview on Australian news show, Studio 10.

The 40-year-old said: "Matt Lucas' show Little Britain got pulled, which I just think is a bit crazy.

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"They obviously played many different characters on that show."

Two characters from Little Britain. Credit: BBC
Two characters from Little Britain. Credit: BBC

She continued: "At the moment we're in the time of hyper-social justice as there are so many important things happening in the world.

"Obviously right now racial equality is such an important issue.

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"But for the past few years, especially with the #MeToo movement, there's been a lot of social justice going on, which has made it difficult for comedians to flirt with that line.

"The thing is, throughout history, from way back with the court jesters in the monarchy, a comedian's job is to flirt with the line of what's acceptable."

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When the Pitch Perfect star was asked whether she feels offensive material should be banned, she said: "I'm not a fan of just erasing things.

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"I think with history, you should learn from it. If you erase it, it's a bit like denying it ever happened. That doesn't seem like a good plan!"

She also said her former housemate was 'amazing', adding of Lucas: "He's the kindest, most decent human being ever!"

Both Walliams and Lucas have apologised for their use of blackface in Little Britain, with both comedians posting identical statements on Twitter.

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Their tweets stated how Walliams and Lucas both believe playing characters of other races was 'wrong', adding: "We are very sorry."

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Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film, little britain

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Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]