Adil Ray is confident Citizen Khan would not get the green light to be made today, agreeing it ‘wouldn’t pass the woke test’.
The Good Morning Britain presenter made the statement on Thursday’s show as he discussed comedy in the age of cancel culture after Jennifer Saunders declared Absolutely Fabulous couldn’t be made in 2021 because ‘everything is sensitive’.
‘I don’t think it would get commissioned now,’ Adil said to his co-host Susanna Reid.
‘It wouldn’t pass the woke test?’ asked Susanna.
Doubling down on his opinion, Adil continued: ‘It wouldn’t.
‘We’re talking to the BBC now about doing a special next year… and I think there will be some hard conversations to be had about what Mr Khan can say out of his mouth about Indian people, about immigrants.
‘He did a lot of that. But the joke was on him and his vulnerability.’
Citizen Khan ran for five seasons (Picture: BBC)
Adil created the BBC sitcom Citizen Khan, which followed the trials and tribulations of Mr Khan, a loud-mouthed, patriarchal, cricket-loving, self-appointed community leader, and his long-suffering wife (played by Shobu Kapoor).
The show ran for five series and first aired in 2012, with its last episode broadcasting in 2016.
Adil’s admission comes just days after Jennifer stated Ab Fab wouldn’t be made today.
Adil Ray weighed in on comedy being effected by woke culture (Picture: ITV/Rex)
‘I think it has changed comedy like what we used to make,’ she said, speaking at an event at the Garrick Theatre, as reported by The Sun.
‘I think we would probably talk ourselves out of most of it now. It would be like, “We won’t have a good answer so let’s not do that”.
‘I think people do talk themselves out of stuff now because everything is sensitive.’
The star added: ‘It stops a lot of the fun, maybe, like jokes. I remember jokes. Silly jokes.’
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.
Credit: Original article published here.