Netflix removes Peep Show sex scene where Jez wears blackface in the bedroom
NETFLIX has removed a Peep Show sex scene where Jez wears blackface in the bedroom.
Over the last few weeks, a number of shows have removed episodes or content as the re-evaluate their work for racial sensitivity.
Hit British shows such as Little Britain and Mighty Boosh have had episodes dropped for featuring blackface and now Peep Show, which ran from 2003 until 2015, has had a scene removed by streaming giant Netflix.
Series two episode 'Dance Class' sees Jez – played by Robert Webb – 'black up' while he and girlfriend Nancy (Rachel Blanchard) experiment in the bedroom.
Jez immediately feels uncomfortable, and says: "It just feels almost wrong. Are you sure this isn’t racist?
But Nancy replies: "We’re breaking a taboo, of course, it feels wrong. We’ve got boundaries to smash, Jeremy.
"It’s our duty to God, Shiva, NASDAQ, whatever you want to call him. Jeremy, I come from America. I’ve seen the problems race brings up."
At present, the scene is still available to watch in the episode on Channel 4's streaming service.
A spokesperson for Channel 4 told Metro.co.uk: "Channel 4 is currently undertaking a review of the principles governing how we handle historic programmes across our platforms.
"All 4’s archive contains over 10,000 hours of programming spanning over 30 years.
"Many shows reflect the time they were made and some contain content which could now be regarded as inappropriate.
"It is a complex issue particularly when it relates to programmes that satirised, commented on or challenged a specific moment in our culture that is no longer relevant to audiences today.
"We understand the strong feelings provoked by some of this content but we do not believe that erasing our creative history is a quick fix for the issues affecting our society today.
"Channel 4 is committed to inclusion and diversity and opposes discrimination in any form and therefore, having reflected deeply on this subject, we are undertaking a review of the principles governing how we handle historic programmes across our platforms."
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