BBC panned for slapping ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ with ‘woke’ disclaimer

The BBC gets “woke” and actor Will Smith doesn’t make the cut without a cautionary disclaimer.

The Westminster, London based public service broadcaster has added a disclaimer warning of discriminatory jokes on a reboot episode of “Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” the sitcom that launched Smith’s storied movie career.


In addition to Fresh Prince, BBC  added a ­disclaimer warning on Rowan Atkinson’s “Blackadder,” according to The Sun.

First aired in 1983, Blackadder “uses one derogatory term for a Spaniard and one for black people,” the paper noted.

Atkinson’s character in the show, Edmund Blackadder, said in one episode, “You come in here fresh from slaughtering a couple of Chocos when their backs were turned, and you think you can upset the harmony of a whole kingdom.”

The term is a racial “slur,” derived from chocolate to describe a black person’s skin color, The Daily Mail reported.

The disclaimer before the comedies states: “Contains discriminatory language which some viewers may find offensive.”

All of which makes you wonder how the liberal Brits would respond to an episode of “The Sopranos,” featuring the late James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano.

Rebecca Ryan, campaign director at Defund the BBC, denounced this latest move.

“The corporation is clearly committed to only representing the third of the country who support these moves whilst expecting the rest of us to keep paying,” Ryan told The Sun. “The BBC is pressing on with ‘campaign woke’, which will only hurry along the inevitable.”

The BBC responded to the backlash over the disclaimers to say: “It’s to tell viewers when a show includes something that may be offensive, inappropriate or outdated.”

Aside from Will Smith getting a “trigger warning,” social media users marveled over how any show more than 10 years old escapes such a disclaimer.

Here’s a sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:

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