The BBC has issued a ‘discriminatory language’ warning on the 1971 Dad’s Army film.
The network uploaded the film to BBC iPlayer describing it as a ‘feature-length version of the 1970s classic sitcom about the Home Guard unit of a small seaside town’.
Along with the synopsis, the BBC issued a warning to viewers before they went on to watch it.
It read: ‘Contains discriminatory language which some may find offensive’.
The broadcaster has since explained that the warning ‘has nothing to do with the general content of Dad’s Army’, but said the film ‘includes one racially derogatory phrase’.
The warning refers to the term ‘fuzzy-wuzzy’, an offensive phrase used in the film to describe a black person.
The reference occurs when Clive Dunn’s character Lance Corporal Jones uses the term to describe the enemies he fought in the Sudan under General Kitchener.
A BBC spokesperson told Metro.co.uk that they wanted to issue a warning in case it caused offence to anyone watching it.
They said: ‘Since Dad’s Army first aired public attitudes have changed significantly and guidance was given at the start of the programme due to a specific discriminatory remark.’
In June last year, the BBC removed Little Britain and Fawlty Towers from its catch-up service in light of the Black Lives Matter movement.
The TV network, along with Netflix removed the shows from the streaming platforms after being deemed offensive.
Little Britain, which stars David Walliams and Matt Lucas was removed because of the use of blackface in some of its episodes.
Fawlty Towers, which starred actor John Cleese, was removed by BBC owned streaming service UKTV for using ‘racist language’.
The Dad’s Army film is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.
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