'The Mighty Boosh' Removed from Netflix over Use of Blackface

The takedown is due to Noel Fielding's the Spirit of Jazz character

BY Brock ThiessenPublished Jun 11, 2020

The Mighty Boosh is the latest comedy series to be removed by Netflix for its use of blackface back in the early 2000s.

Created by Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt, the cult U.K. comedy series featured a character called the Spirit of Jazz, who first appeared in a 2004 episode called "Electro." The character found Fielding — who is white — in black makeup and dreads, and the Spirit of Jazz would later appear in various episodes.

This has led Netflix to pull the entire Mighty Boosh series from Netflix.

The takedown of The Mighty Boosh is the latest British comedy to be removed by Netflix over past use of blackface, following Little Britain and The League of Gentlemen. Netflix also pulled various series by Australian comedian Chris Lilley over his use of blackface, as well as his various other depictions of race.

The BBC, however, has only removed Little Britain from its BBC iPlayer while so far continuing to stream The Mighty Boosh and The League of Gentlemen. Various Chris Lilley shows are also available from the British broadcaster.

The Mighty Boosh TV series originally ran for three seasons on the BBC from 2004 to 2007. Early this year, Fielding — who is also now a host on the hugely popular The Great British Bake-Offteased the return of the show. He also is prepping a new show for Netflix,


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