Corrie Receives ‘Offensive Content’ Warning on Britbox Regarding Chinese Restaurant Scenes
An older episode of Coronation Street comes with a warning on streaming service Britbox due to some of the language being used.
Britbox has released many classic TV shows with content warnings including Keeping Up Appearances and The Good Life.
The latest is for a 1968 episode of the ITV soap opera which sees Hilda and Stan Ogden visiting a Chinese restaurant.
According to The Sun, one of the scenes sees Stan labeling a Chinese a “son of an Orient” after trying to speak to the waiter in French, then describing his food as a “foreign tack”.
The warning reads: “Stan and Hilda’s Big Night. Stan takes Hilda to a Chinese restaurant, but she doesn’t quite get the meal she expected. With language from a bygone era that some viewers may find it offensive. “
Part of the episode features Hilda (Bernard Youens) going to a Chinese restaurant for dinner with her husband Stan, who attempts to converse with a waiter in French.
When Hilda asks him about his language, Stan replies, “I couldn’t speak to him in English, a son of the East.”
Hilda ends her dinner with rice pudding, which Stan said was “good for them” in reference to the chefs at the restaurant.
Stan then goes on to say he likes “foreign tack”, and says to his wife, “Frenchman, Eyetie, Kraut, you can’t hit him.”
Other episodes to receive similar warnings include a 1966 episode which sees Vera Lomax die and a 1978 episode which sees Ernie Bishop shot dead.
A BritBox spokesperson told the publication: “Programming on the service that contains potentially sensitive language or attitudes of their day has been the subject of appropriate warnings since our launch in 2019.”
Last year, it was confirmed that the BBC comedy series The League of Gentlemen and The Mighty Boosh had been discontinued by streaming giant Netflix due to concerns over the use of blackface.
Netflix previously deleted four series from Australian comedian Chris Lilley, as well as Little Britain and Come Fly With Me from Matt Lucas and David Walliams.
The BBC and BritBox followed suit and also cut both series.