THE BBC has been hit with 266 complaints over an episode of The Vicar Of Dibley concerning the Black Lives Matter motion.
Final week’s Christmas particular noticed Daybreak French’s character Geraldine Granger delivering a sermon on racism the place she took the knee.
The Vicar Of Dibley’s BLM episode is the topic of 266 complaints
In a single scene, the vicar referred to as the quaint village “not essentially the most numerous group” earlier than placing up a BLM poster on the parish noticeboard.
The BBC, who had beforehand defended the scene as “in line with the character and the theme of the present”, confirmed the 266 complaints final evening.
The scene was applauded by some sections of the viewers however others complained that the comedy had been “politicised”.
One tweeted: “It’s meant to be a comedy. Individuals have to cease bringing #BlackLivesMatter into all the pieces. Bore off.”
Daybreak French’s character Geraldine took the knee throughout final week’s episode
The legendary comedy actress reprised her function for a sequence of specialsCredit score: BBC
Daybreak has additionally had her say after criticism began to look, together with a broadside from actor Laurence Fox.
The 63-year-old star tweeted sarcastically: “A beautiful calm day, filled with humanity, compassion and help all spherical…..”
The intense scene confirmed The Vicar of Dibley’s Geraldine preoccupied by the “horror present” that was the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, in America.
She stated: “I am conscious that each one lives matter, clearly. However till all lives matter the identical we’re doing one thing very fallacious.
A sequence of socially-distanced episodes have been filmed for the BBCCredit score: BBC
Daybreak within the unique sequence with late co-star Emma Chambers as AliceCredit score: Alamy
“I feel we have to concentrate on justice for an enormous chunk of our countrymen and ladies who appear to have a really dangerous, bizarre deal from the day they’re born.”
A BBC spokesperson insisted earlier this month that the episode didn’t break its personal guidelines as some had steered.
They stated: “Audiences perceive the distinction between information and comedy content material and the sermons don’t breach the BBC’s impartiality tips.”