David Walliams’ Royal Variety joke slammed for racism
A joke made by David Walliams at the Royal Variety Performance, which was televised last night, has been accused of casual racism.
During a Britain’s Got Talent sketch designed to introduce this year’s winner magician Richard Jones, Walliams introduced a child version of Michael McIntyre, played by a Chinese actor. Michael McIntyre, although he frequently jokes about looking Chinese, is not actually a Chinese comedian.
Theatre director Andrew Keates slammed the performance for “casual racism” in response to the segment:
Am I the only one who thought the 'Asian Michael McIntyre' gag during the pathetic BGT history was casually racist? #RoyalVarietyPerformance
— Andrew Keates (@andrewkeates) December 13, 2016
While another called Walliams out on the “slit-eyed joke”:
Did they really just make a slightly offensive "slit eyed joke" about michael mcintyre? Wow! #RoyalVarietyPerformance
— Brendan Bunting (@DapperArtist) December 13, 2016
The sketch was a Jackamory style retelling of the history of Britain’s Got Talent, which also poked fun of Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and David Walliams himself. The judges and contestants were (mostly) played by children.