Rebel Wilson says 'Little Britain' removal is 'crazy' as she defends friend Matt Lucas
Actor Matt Lucas and comic Rebel Wilson arrive at Club Nokia on December 4, 2010 in Los Angeles, California at Variety's first annual Power Of Comedy event. (Photo by Barry King / FilmMagic)
Rebel Wilson has defended her boyfriend Matt Lucas after Little Britain was banned from streaming services last week after global protests against racism.
The BBC comedy has been criticized over the years for the use of blackface and stereotypes by Lucas and David Walliams, but was canceled by iPlayer, BritBox, and Netflix last week, with the BBC saying that "times" have changed since it was first aired would have.
Wilson, who lived with the comedian in LA for three years, was interviewed by Australian Studio 10, where she discussed what should be done with material that is now classified as "unacceptable".
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"I'm not a fan of just deleting things," said the Cats actor. "I think you should learn from the story. If you delete it, it's a bit like denying that it ever happened. That doesn't seem like a good plan."
Comedian Matt Lucas attends the 2014 International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Awards at the New York Hilton on November 24, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman / WireImage)
She continued: "Matt Lucas' show Little Britain was pulled, which I think is just a little crazy. You obviously played a lot of different characters on this show."
Lucas and Walliams apologized almost identically on Saturday evening, stressing that they had previously expressed their regret about appearing in a black and brown face.
A tweet posted by Lucas read: "David and I have spoken publicly over the past few years that we regretted playing characters of other races.
Matt Lucas and David Walliams during the signing and photo call for "Little Britain" at the Virgin Megastore in London, UK. (Photo by Mike Marsland / WireImage)
"We want to make it clear again that it was wrong and we are very sorry."
It is because other TV shows have been removed from on-demand services, including The League of Gentlemen, which Netflix also removed last week.
The comedy series included the character "Papa Lazarou", which was portrayed by actor Reece Shearsmith with a black face. However, the streaming site did not provide a reason for the removal.
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