Netflix is removing four Chris Lilley comedies from its platform in Australia and New Zealand.
Angry Boys, Summer Heights High, We Can Be Heroes, and Jonah From Tonga, have been removed according to Deadline. They include characters Jonah Takalua and rapper S.mouse, for which Lilley wore brown makeup, or Chinese physics student Ricky Wong.
But Ja’mie Private School Girl and Netflix original Lunatics, will remain.
Producer Laura Waters of Princess Pictures has previously described Lunatics‘ South African character Jana as “not portraying a woman of colour.”
We Can Be Heroes and Summer Heights High are arguably Lilley’s most lauded work, including the former winning him the Graham Kennedy Award for Most Outstanding New Talent at the Logie Awards and a prestigious Rose D’Or as Best Male Comedy Performance.
The move follows the removal of Little Britain and Come Fly With Me from Netflix and Stan. The League Of Gentlemen was also removed from Stan.
While Netflix has kept its home pages for the removed Lilley comedies, Variety reports they will not return with disclaimers.
In the US HBO Max removed Gone with the Wind but will return it with a disclaimer.
Yesterday many subscribers took to social media to criticise moves as being too politically correct.
Netflix declined to comment.