1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Leigh Francis apologises for 'Bo Selecta' characters

Discussion in 'Headline News' started by Sarah, Jun 5, 2020.

  1. Sarah

    Sarah Super Moderator EXP: 21 Years Staff Member

    Threads:
    530
    Messages:
    5,679
    Trophy Points:
    6,136
    Occupation:
    Actress
    Location:
    Northern Ireland
    Ratings:
    +6,920
    Medals:
    5
    Member Since:
    1998
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/newsbeat-52935412

    Keith Lemon actor Leigh Francis has apologised for playing black people in his 2000s Channel 4 show, Bo' Selecta.

    Using masks, the white actor created exaggerated versions of Michael Jackson, Craig David and Mel B. Leigh says that when the show started, in 2002 he "didn't think anything about it."

    In the show, white stars like Kelly Osbourne, Elton John and Lorraine Kelly were also portrayed in a similar way.

    Leigh's apology was prompted, he says, by "a weird few days."

    Since 25 May 2020, Black Lives Matter protests have been taking place across the world.


    These have been in response to the killing of unarmed black man, George Floyd, in Minneapolis.

    'I just want to apologise'
    "I've sat and thought about things and what I could post to try and help things," Leigh says in a video posted to Instagram.

    Skip Instagram post by keithlemon
    "People didn't say anything. I'm not going to blame other people," he says.

    "I've been talking to some people and I didn't realise how offensive it was back then and I just want to apologise."

    [​IMG]Image copyright Getty Images
    Image caption Leigh Francis appeared as Mel B at the 2004 Brit Awards
    He says he is a "big fan" of all the people he was playing in his show.

    "I guess we're all on a learning journey."

    Some people, including ex-premiership footballer John Barnes, have said that characters on Bo' Selecta weren't problematic.

    Skip Twitter post by @officialbarnesy
    To the black people out there... was anyone offended by keith lemons satirical comedy sketches on michael jackson, Trisha, or Craig david?!?!

    — John Barnes (@officialbarnesy) June 5, 2020
    Report
    End of Twitter post by @officialbarnesy

    [​IMG]
    There have also been some calls on social media for white actors David Walliams and Matt Lucas to apologise for the black and non-white characters they portrayed in their TV shows from the same era.

    Matt Lucas said last year that if Little Britain were to return, he and Walliams would not play black characters.

    "I wouldn't make that show now," he told The Big Issue in 2019.

    "We made a more cruel kind of comedy than I'd do now. Society has moved on a lot since then, and my own views have evolved."

    Earlier in 2020, there were more than 180 complaints following The Big Night In, which included a Little Britain sketch.

    [​IMG]
     
  2. Angela Channing

    Angela Channing World Cup of Soaps Moderator EXP: 21 Years

    Threads:
    196
    Messages:
    8,008
    Trophy Points:
    7,960
    Ratings:
    +12,358
    Medals:
    13
    Member Since:
    1999
    Well don Leigh Francis for apologising.

    I always found his Trisha impersonation to be particularly racist. Why did he portray her with a bad Jamaican accent screaming "rice and peas" when she was born in London and has an London accent? Why did he portray Mel B with such an oversized nose which is a common anti-black trope? And why are the BBC using a tweet from John Barnes who doesn't represent the black population and why did they not recognise that a lot of people disagree with him and did find the characters problematic?
     
  3. Sarah

    Sarah Super Moderator EXP: 21 Years Staff Member

    Threads:
    530
    Messages:
    5,679
    Trophy Points:
    6,136
    Occupation:
    Actress
    Location:
    Northern Ireland
    Ratings:
    +6,920
    Medals:
    5
    Member Since:
    1998
    Mel B apparently found her character very funny on this show and has a good relationship with Leigh.
     

Share This Page