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BBC launches investigation into homophobic slur on Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em

The episode came with a warning (Pictures: BBC)

The BBC launched an investigation into Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em after a viewer complained about the sitcom using a homophobic slur.

The British show – which starred Michael Crawford as Frank Spencer and Michelle Dotrice as his wife Betty – aired from February 1973 until December 1978 and was a hit with fans watching the accident-prone character’s failed attempts to hold down a job.

In 1975’s Christmas special, he works as a pixie in a department store grotto, but concerns were raised about the language used in the episode.

In the scene, Frank says: ‘I’m the chief of the pixies, I’m the friend of all the little boys and girls.’

A boy turns to him and replies: ‘Oh no you’re not, you’re a p**f.’

Frank responds: ‘I beg your pardon! Block your ears!’

One viewer was upset by the episode (Picture: BBC)

A viewer complained after a recent repeat on BBC Two, which led to the Beeb’s internal watchdog conducting an probe into the show.

However, before the episode aired, the network has issued a warning about the episode containing outdated language.

As reported in the Times, the watchdog ruled the episode didn’t breach editorial guidelines.

A BBC spokesman commented: ‘Attitudes and language change over time and our approach is to tell viewers when a show includes something that may be offensive, inappropriate or outdated.’

The sitcom ran from 1973 to 1978 (Photo by Harry Fox/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)

Of course, this isn’t the only show to feature such warnings, as Little Britain, Blackadder, League of Gentleman and more all have them in place.

And away from the BBC, even Spongebob Squarepants has seen episodes axed from Paramount+ and Amazon Prime Video over inappropriate content.

A representative for Nickelodeon confirmed that two instalments, titled Mid-Life Crustacean and Kwarantined Krab, had been cut from the platforms, IGN reports.

The first episode, Mid-Life Crustacean sees characters Spongebob, Patrick and Mr Krabs plan a ‘panty raid’, before breaking into a woman’s house and attempting to steal her underwear.

The episode first aired in 2003 and focuses on Spongebob’s employer Mr Krabs as he suffers a mid-life crisis.

The second episode, Kwarantined Krab from 2019, contains strangely prophetic scenes surrounding the outbreak of ‘clam flu’, with characters forced to quarantine inside the Krusty Krab restaurant.


Credit: Original article published here.

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