Complaints over a 2015 Horrible Histories episode on ABC will be assessed by ABC’s Audience and Consumer Affairs division.
The British-produced series features an “eighth century” mock version of I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, tucker trials.
Last week a Season 6 episode featured an actor of Chinese-Scottish background dressed as Chinese Empress Wu Zetian in the 7th Century AD. After explaining that Empress Wu murdered a lot of people to take power, the two hosts ask if the Empress can “cope with” eating some of the common foods of the era: rats, cockroaches, and jellyfish among other things.
But it has led to a petition pushing for ABC to drop the series, with over 1700 signatures.
“I hope that ABC could take down the Horrible Histories TV series, especially the series 6,” said Say Leng Kapsis, the president of Fair Go SA, a not-for-profit organisation providing anti-racism services for Chinese Australians since the coronavirus pandemic.
“We just think that is really culturally inappropriate.”
ABC declined to comment.