Hundreds of viewers have complained to the BBC over The Vicar Of Dibley honouring Black Lives Matter.
The broadcaster has received 266 complaints over a recent scene in the comedy which saw Dawn French’s character Reverend Geraldine Granger take the knee and deliver a sermon about racism.
The scene shows Geraldine tell the audience that she has been preoccupied with the ‘horror show’ of George Floyd’s death in 2020.
Mr Floyd, an unarmed black man, was killed in May while being arrested by police in Minneapolis, Minnesota, sparking anti-racism protests around the world.
The scene from the BBC sitcom saw Geraldine go on to say in a sermon that the fictional Oxfordshire village in which the show is set, is ‘not the most diverse community’.
She added: ‘But I don’t think it matters where you are from. I think it matters that you do something about it, because Jesus would, wouldn’t he?
‘And, listen, I am aware all lives matter, obviously, but until all lives matter the same we are doing something very wrong. So I think we need to focus on justice for a huge chunk of our countrymen and women who seem to have a very bad, weird deal from the day they are born.’
Earlier this month, French also appeared to dismiss complaints about the BLM reference.
Amid criticism on social media from some who claimed the scene showed a lack of impartiality from the BBC, she tweeted: ‘A lovely calm day, full of humanity, compassion and support all round…’
The 63-year-old later clarified in the comments that she was being ‘a tad ironic’.
Recent episodes of The Vicar Of Dibley have also paid tribute to the NHS and departed members of the cast Emma Chambers and Roger Lloyd Pack.
Additional reporting by PA
The Vicar of Dibley is available on BBC iPlayer
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