Netflix Pulls Four Chris Lilley Shows over Blackface and Other Racist Depictions
'Lunatics,' the Netflix original that sparked a blackface debate when its trailer first dropped, is still on the streamer
Published Jun 10, 2020Controversial Australian comedian Chris Lilley has made an entire career out of playing characters of different races, and Netflix has finally stepped up to (mostly) condemn his actions.
Netflix has removed Angry Boys, Summer Heights High, We Can Be Heroes and Jonah from Tonga, Deadline reports.
Angry Boys saw Lilley wear blackface to play a rapper named S.mouse who routinely said the N-word. Summer Heights High and its spinoff Jonah from Tonga, meanwhile, saw him wear brown makeup to play Jonah Takalua. And We Can Be Heroes saw him play the Chinese physics student Ricky Wong.
Despite those titles being removed, Netflix will keep its Chris Lilley original Lunatics on the service, even though a blackface controversy (involving the character pictured above) has followed that show since the first trailer for it dropped last year. Netflix is also keeping Ja'mie Private School on its service.
The streaming service has also just pulled The League of Gentlemen because of its similar depictions of blackface.