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Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em slapped with warning over vile homophobic slur following BBC investigation

Some Mothers Do Ave Em now has a warning for offensive content (Picture: Britbox)

Britbox has added a content warning to the Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em Christmas Special after the BBC launched an investigation into the sitcom using a homophobic slur.

At the start of the 1975 festive episode, the streaming service now includes a message that the show  ‘contains language and attitudes of the time that may offend.’

The instalment in question received several complaints as Michael Crawford’s character Frank Spencer is called a ‘p**f’ after dressing up as a pixie.

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

A boy, clearly unimpressed, then tells him: ‘Oh no you’re not, you’re a p**f.’

‘I beg your pardon! Block your ears!’ Frank snaps back.

A spokesman for Britbox said: ‘Programming on the service that contains potentially sensitive language or attitudes of their era have carried appropriate warnings since our launch to ensure the right guidance is in place.’

The 1975 Christmas special contained a homophobic slur (Picture: Britbox)

When a viewer complained over the episode when it was recently repeated on BBC Two, the broadcaster’s internal watchdog launched a probe into the scene.

It did, however, conclude that no breach had been broken.

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over time and our approach is to tell viewers when a show includes something that may be offensive, inappropriate or outdated.’

Other programmes to be hit with similar warning on Britbox include Keeping Up Appearances, ‘Allo ‘Allo, Only Fools and Horses, and Grange Hill.

The BBC went even further to completely remove comedies such as Little Britain and Come Fly With Me from its service altogether while Netflix followed suit with The Mighty Boosh and League of Gentleman.


Credit: Original article published here.

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