Netflix Removes Chris Lilley Shows Over Racial Depictions
Netflix has permanently removed four shows by comedian Chris Lilley from it’s Australian and New Zealand platforms amid debate over his portrayal of non-white characters.
The move comes after multiple streaming services around the world decide on which content to keep and which to delete amid global Black Lives Matter protests.
Lilley’s four shows include – We Can Be Heroes, Summer Heights High, Angry Boys and Jonah From Tonga – were originally broadcast on the ABC in 2005, 2007, 2011, and 2014, respectively.
The comedian’s depictions of characters in his shows have previously raised questions about racial discrimination. But now they have been looked at again following the global outcry of black people’s position in society, and their on-screen portrayal, following the death of George Floyd in the custody of US law enforcement.
Netflix has not offered any comment on the matter, but confirmed that the four shows starring Lilley have been removed permanently.
Lilley also features in the series Ja’mie: Private School Girl and Netflix original Lunatics, which features a South African character called Jana. Both will remain on the service.
Netflix’s decision to remove the shows has divided audiences. Many consider it a long-overdue move for the shows which have faced constant criticism for their racial depictions for years.