The decision comes just a day after the BBC pulled sketch comedy show Little Britain from its library. In the show, creators Matt Lucas and David Walliams played several non-white characters. These included Lucas playing a transexual Thai woman named Ting Tong, and Walliams performing in blackface as a woman named Desiree DeVere.
“Times have changed since Little Britain first aired so it is not currently available on BBC iPlayer,” a BBC spokesperson said on Tuesday.
HBO Max also removed from its catalogue Gone With the Wind, the 1939 movie long considered a triumph of American cinema but one that romanticises the Civil War-era South while glossing over its racial sins.
Those moves ignited a separate discussion on Wednesday on social media about Lilley’s continued presence on Netflix in Australia. The shows are not available on ABC’s iView service.
The comedian’s name was trending on Twitter throughout the day, and by late in the evening, the four shows had disappeared from the Netflix catalogue.
Lilley had previously come under fire in 2017 for reposting an old music clip called Squashed N—a via his Instagram account, just days after the verdict was handed down over the death of Indigenous teenager Elijah Doughty in Western Australia.
His most recent show, Lunatics, was the second-most-watched TV series on Australian Netflix last year. It remains available as of the publication of this article.
When trailers for Lunatics first emerged, Lilley’s producer Laura Walters quickly dismissed suggestions that one of the characters – South African woman Jana – was a person of colour.
“Correcting some confusion – in the new show Lunatics, Chris Lilley is not portraying a woman of colour,” she wrote.