Gavin and Stacey episodes won't be removed by BBC amid fresh race row

The BBC won’t be removing episodes of Gavin and Stacey after some critics called for the comedy to be pulled from streaming services. 

Amid the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests, Little Britain was dropped from Netflix, iPlayer, and Britbox immediately. 

Channel 4 buried Leigh Francis’ Bo’ Selecta too, while Netflix then removed The Mighty Boosh and League of Gentleman.

James Corden and Ruth Jones’ Gavin and Stacey is the latest show to be called out with viewers slamming a character called ‘Chinese Alan’ and another described as ‘Seth, the black fella’. 

‘Chinese Alan’, played by white actor Dominic Gaskell, picked up his nickname working for a Chinese takeaway.

Seth is a black man brought in by Dawn and Pete to spice up their relatoinship with a threesome.

Dawn and Gavin’s mum Pamela refer to him as ‘the black fella’.

‘With this whole cancel culture I hope @bbc now removes #gavinandstacey from @bbciplayer, @netflix @BritBox_UK,’ complained one critic. 

‘The show is misogynistic, racist, homophobic and guilty of fat shaming.’ 

Another agreed: ‘If we’re doing away with Little Britain can we also get rid of Gavin and Stacey?’

One enraged audience member tweeted Corden directly and fumed: ‘Wondering why none of your characters in #gavinandstacey were played by BAME actors?

‘I can only recall one black character – threesome man with Pete and Dawn in one ep. His race was the subject of several gags. Not cool James!’

Regardless, the BBC is sticking by the series and has confirmed to ‘These changes only affect Little Britain.’ 

Gavin and Stacey’s 2019 Christmas special was also plagued with backlash after the instalment featured the Pogue’s song, Fairytale of New York, featuring the lyrics: ‘You scumbag, you maggot, you cheap-lousy f****t’.

Almost 900 viewers complained over the homophobic slur, though the BBC stood by the series then too. 

Gavin and Stacey is still available to stream on BBC iPlayer. 

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