BBC has received 181 complaints about the ‘offensive content’ show in its charity show The Big Night In, most likely regarding the Little Britain sketch that featured both David Walliams and Matt Lucas.
The three-hour-long BBC programme saw Children In Need and Comic Relief team up to raise money for coronavirus relief efforts, yet it received backlash when it aired earlier this month in relation to the Little Britain sketch.
The comedy comeback which featured both David Walliams and Matt Lucas was slammed for being racist, ableist and anti-trans after they made jokes about disabilities and eating bats, as well as the return of the show’s “I’m a lady” sketch.
There isn’t any information on which specific parts of The Big Night In that viewers were offended by, yet the BBC’s fortnightly complaints reported that “offensive content or humour” was the “main issue” that people took offence to.
The Big Night In raised a whopping £67 million for charity and featured comic performances from stars such as Catherine Tate, Dawn French, Peter Kay and Prince William, who surprisingly cracked a joke about not wearing any trousers on video conference site Zoom.
The show also starred Lenny Henry, Davina McCall, Matt Baker, Zoe Ball and Paddy McGuinness who presented the action-packed night of nonstop entertainment.
The UK government pledged to match the total raised on the night, with the first £20 million going to National Emergencies Trust, with the rest to be split between Children In Need and Comic Relief.
According to the website, BBC Children In Need and Comic Relief will focus on funding three areas with the money raised: ‘food and other essentials’, ‘connecting people with vital services and tackling isolation’ and ‘supporting local charities and projects to adapt and innovate to address hidden risks’.
The show marked a return to the TV screen for Peter Kay, who has not made a television appearance in two years. He was filmed eating an ice lolly in what appeared to be his back garden and he introduced the new ‘(Is The Way To) Amarillo’ music video.