- Thursday 11th June 2020, 6:32pm
- London, England
- 5,634 posts
In the first series of The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer, in 1993, Vic and Bob used blackface to portray ludicrous versions of Otis Reading and Marvin Gaye in various sketches.
In the second series, in 1995, the Otis and Marvin characters returned but Vic and Bob no longer used blackface.
Is it reasonable to assume that blackface was dropped because some considered it offensive? I think so.
So the BBC's argument that times have changed since Little Britain was made in 2003 seems a bit disingenuous. If it was offensive in 1993, what happened to stop it being offensive a decade later?