In the series, called Lunatics, Lilley plays numerous characters. Among them is Jana, a woman who is described in the show's notes as a "South African lesbian and a pet psychic." The show's first trailer dropped today, and now the internet is expressing a great deal of frustration with the performer.
Netflix is giving blackface a platform in 2019 and absolute your Das are name searching Chris Lilley and telling people to shut up. someone disconnect their Das internet please— dog the bounty eater (@oatmilkstanacc) April 11, 2019
Polite reminder that Chris Lilley is racist trash.— Andrew Not Andy (@TheCurbAU) April 11, 2019
20 bucks says Chris Lilley's new character isn't any more racist than all of his other shitty racist characters— Mos Jeff (@DrugHater420) April 11, 2019
why did chris lilley resurface.. with more blackface... am i missing something?— charley 🥴🧠 (@charlescarrall) April 11, 2019
What the fuck! Chris Lilley is doing another black face show??? Who keeps giving him money to do this shit!— Leah (egg a nazi today) jaclyn (@LeahJaclyn) April 11, 2019
This isn't the first time Lilley has been accused of racism. His 2011 HBO show Angry Boys saw him play an African-American rapper named S.mouse who regularly used the N-word. Jonah Takaluah, one of Lilley's most famous characters, is a Pacific Islander, meaning Lilley had to wear brown makeup.
Lunatics premieres on Netflix on April 19. Watch the trailer and decide for yourself if Lilley has gone too far below.