Walliams Stunned By ‘COME FLY WITH ME’ Racism Complaints!

By on 7 March, 2011

Funnyman David Walliams was shocked when his new show with ‘Little Britain‘ co-star Matt Lucas was branded as racist, claiming the pair did not set out to deliberately offend viewers.

Come Fly With Me‘ is a comedy show based around a fictional U.K. airport which premiered last year on the BBC. Far from seeing the funny side, the show attracted several viewer complaints after Lucas darkened his face to play a Muslim and adopted a West Indian accent to portray a black woman called Precious.

But Walliams is adamant there was no intention to cause controversy, because they simply wanted the show to reflect Britain’s multi-cultural society.

In a recent interview with Buzz magazine, he states:

“I was surprised by the ‘racism’ criticism. To put it in perspective, 17 million people watched the first episode and the BBC had 22 complaints. But me and Matt just want to make people laugh, not to offend them, so we take even one complaint very seriously.

“As the show is set in an airport, which is a very multi-racial workplace, and we were representing 25 different characters each, it would have been strange if they were all white, middle-aged men. None of our characters were defined only by their race.”

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