The Inbetweeners has been axed from YouTube, potentially due to a series of complaints which have stated that they found the content of the comedy show ‘offensive’.
As Netflix, BBC, and BritBox have all removed the comedies written by David Walliams and Matt Lucas, Little Britain and Come Fly With Me, YouTube has appeared to have followed suit and removed all episodes of The Inbetweeners due to the content being possibly branded offensive.
Little Britain and Come Fly With Me came under intense scrutiny following the death of George Floyd and a renewed attention on race and representation, with Black Lives Matter protests taking place across the world.
The coming-of-age comedy The Inbetweeners is well-known for its dark humour, as it tells the story of four troubled misfit teenagers who are all attending sixth form college.
In one of the more shocking episodes, a disabled woman is hit in the head with a frisbee and Will abuses his friend Neil’s dad for potentially being homosexual.
Earlier today, fans of the comedy spotted that the show – starring Simon Bird, Joe Thomas, James Buckley and Blake Harrison – had vanished from YouTube, where the three series had been available to watch.
Those who tried to click The Inbetweeners YouTube channel found that an error message would appear saying: “This page isn’t available. Sorry about that. Try searching for something else.”
People have taken to social media, speculating that the main reason it has been removed is that some people could find it offensive, especially as Little Britain and Come Fly With Me has just been removed from streaming platforms.
One person wrote: “The Inbetweeners is one of the funniest comedies ever made. This is the world we now live in. Pathetic.”
Another added: “This Inbetweeners isn’t meant to be offensive, it’s a perfect portrayal of life as a late teenager. If you can’t face reality, don’t watch it, simple.”
Whilst others believe the show has been removed simply because of copyright reasons, as it has been noted it’s still on other streaming platforms.
Although it is now no longer available on YouTube, fans of the show can still watch it on 4OD.
A Channel 4 spokesperson has stated: “The rights owner of The Inbetweeners (outside the UK) has changed from DRG to Banijay Group, so the standalone YouTube channel showing The Inbetweeners content has been taken down for the time being.
“The Inbetweeners full episodes are still available on All 4.”