Blackadder: Edmund hires a ship to impress the Queen
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Blackadder is the ever-popular pseudo-historical British sitcom that originally aired on the BBC from 1983 to 1989. Rowan Atkinson starred as Queen Elizabeth’s Edmund Blackadder and Lord Melchett was played by Stephen Fry and episodes from the second season are available on the streaming service, BritBox. But fans have been left furious after finding out BritBox has included warning signs for a hilarious torture scene, in which Blackadder himself is being held hostage in a huge spiked box and forced to play a game of charades to determine whether he survives. Those who have watched the moment know he avoids life imprisonment and a death sentence after escaping but were surprised to see the words “strong language” and “some upsetting scenes” on their screens beforehand. Some fans have suggested BritBox is appeasing ‘woke brigade’ with their warning.
It comes after someone on an online forum which the Daily Star found said: “Warning signs? Warning signs? The only danger to anyone watching this is your sides might actually split from laughter.”
And one replied: “The woke brigade strikes again.”
In February, it had been revealed the BBC had added warning messages on Blackadder episodes that may cause offence to anyone watching on BBC iPlayer.
The message was on the second episode before Blackadder used a slur to describe Black people.
The BBC warning said: “Contains discriminatory language which some viewers may find offensive.”
And the broadcaster defended their decision to do this, telling Mail Online at the time: “We want classic shows and series on BBC iPlayer.
“Attitudes and language change over time and our approach, just like other streaming services, is to tell viewers when a show includes something that may be offensive, inappropriate or outdated and because some people aren’t offended, it doesn’t mean that others aren’t.”
Meanwhile, Rebecca Ryan, the campaign director at Defund the BBC, told The Sun: “The corporation is clearly committed to only representing the third of the country who support these moves whilst expecting the rest of us to keep paying.
“The BBC is pressing on with ‘campaign woke’, which will only hurry along the inevitable.”
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