THE BBC has been hit with 266 complaints over an episode of The Vicar Of Dibley about the Black Lives Matter movement.
Last week’s Christmas special saw Dawn French’s character Geraldine Granger delivering a sermon about racism where she took the knee.
The Vicar Of Dibley’s BLM episode is the subject of 266 complaints
In one scene, the vicar called the quaint village “not the most diverse community” before putting up a BLM poster on the parish noticeboard.
The BBC, who had previously defended the scene as “in keeping with the character and the theme of the show” confirmed the 266 complaints last night.
The scene was applauded by some sections of the audience but others complained that the comedy had been “politicised”.
One tweeted: “It’s meant to be a comedy. People need to stop bringing #BlackLivesMatter into everything. Bore off.”
Dawn French’s character took the knee during the special episode
The legendary comedy actress reprised her role for a series of specialsCredit: BBC
Dawn has also had her say after criticism started to appear, including a broadside from actor Laurence Fox.
The 63-year-old star tweeted sarcastically: “A lovely calm day, full of humanity, compassion and support all round…..”
The serious scene shows Geraldine preoccupied by the “horror show” that was the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, in America.
She said: “I’m aware that all lives matter, obviously. But until all lives matter the same we’re doing something very wrong.
“I think we need to focus on justice for a huge chunk of our countrymen and women who seem to have a very bad, weird deal from the day they’re born.”
A BBC spokesperson insisted earlier this month that the episode did not break its own rules.
They said: “Audiences understand the difference between news and comedy content and the sermons do not breach the BBC’s impartiality guidelines.”
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