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Inbetweeners Star Admits That The Show's 'Casual Homophobia' Would Not Be Green-Lit In 2023

Inbetweeners Star Admits That The Show's 'Casual Homophobia' Would Not Be Green-Lit In 2023
Colman Stanley
By Colman Stanley
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Although The Inbetweeners only ran from 2008-2010 - along with two movies in 2011 and 2014 - it seemed to encapsulate a generation, and felt bigger than the show's rather brief run.

Going into school the next day after the latest Inbetweeners episode, and relaying the latest outrageous and hilarious line from Jay, was something of a national past-time for kids of a certain era in the UK and Ireland.

Looking back, however, some of the humour and 'banter' used in the show is seen as problematic, particularly when viewing through a 2023 lens.

While the show does not get the same retrospective criticism as the likes of Little Britain and Come Fly With Me, one of its stars, Simon Bird who portrayed the nerdy Will, has admitted in an interview with the Telegraph that the series would not be green-lit in today's society.

I honestly think it wouldn’t be commissioned today.

The casual homophobia [and sexism]. I rationalise it to myself by saying that at the time it was an accurate representation of the way teenagers talk to each other. Is that still the case now?

I assume not. Although the programme was set in the 2000s, it was based on a pilot set in 1990, so even in the 2000s it wasn’t really an accurate reflection of how teenagers spoke.

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“We still need the BBC and Channel 4 to invest in new talent," continued Bird.

"You need organisations that are – to some extent – publicly funded, and have a requirement to support new talent, because commercially, why would you? It’s crucial we support that, because it’s such a good selling point. British comedy is still revered worldwide.”


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