Mrs Brown’s Boys star Brendan O’Carroll reckons the sitcom will never be axed over political correctness and insists dressing up as a woman isn’t the same as blackface.
Brendan dresses in drag to portray the titular character Agnes Brown in the show, which has recently been renewed on the BBC for another five more years.
‘I don’t think Mrs Brown will be affected [by political correctness] and I often question myself is Mrs Brown – me a man dressing up as a woman to play Mrs Brown – the same as blackface?’ Brendan said.
‘And I decided no it’s not, because I’ve never played Mrs Brown as a man playing a woman like they do in films like Mrs Doubtfire. Agnes is a woman like Dame Edna.’
Brendan continued to The Irish Sun: ‘I would never go out of my way to be racist or homophobic so I’m not that worried myself because I only write what I think is funny, and you hope that enough of an audience agrees with you.’
The actor’s comments come months after Little Britain was axed from BBC iPlayer, Netflix and BritBox in the wake of Black Lives Matter due to some of the characters wearing blackface.
‘There’s a lot of historical programming available on BBC iPlayer, which we regularly review,’ explained a spokesperson from the BBC at the time.
‘Times have changed since Little Britain first aired so it is not currently available on BBC iPlayer.’
Creators Matt Lucas and DavidWalliams issued an apology in response to its removal, with David writing: ‘Matt & I have both spoken publicly in recent years of our regret that we played characters of other races.
‘Once again we want to make it clear that it was wrong & we are very sorry.’
Mrs Brown’s Boys is available to stream on BBC iPlayer.
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