Saturday Night Takeaway: Fans brand show ‘insensitive’ after joke about ‘infecting people’ during a coronavirus pandemic … even though the segment was filmed MONTHS AGO
Saturday Night Takeaway fans were outraged after the long-awaited Men In Brown finale, claiming it poked fun at the corona virus pandemic.
Viewers claimed the show was “insensitive” because possessed celebrities vowed in the sketch to “infect the human scum”.
Some quickly claimed the line was ‘inappropriate’ given the current nationwide lockdown, others defended the show by pointing out that the segment would have been filmed months in advance.
Shocking: Saturday Night Takeaway fans were outraged by the long-awaited Men In Brown finale as they claimed it poked fun at the corona virus pandemic
In the last episode of the Men In Brown series, Ant and Dec finally discovered the identity of The Host, the leader of alien race The Squits.
The mysterious character was unmasked as Bake Off star Paul Hollywood and he immediately launched his plan to own some of the UK’s biggest stars.
After being possessed by the aliens, people said, “Infect the human scum,” until Ant and Dec managed to thwart the evil plot.
Explosive: Viewers claimed the show was ‘insensitive’ because possessed celebrities vowed in the sketch to ‘infect the human scum’
Evil: In dramatic scenes, celebrities were inhabited by the aliens the Squits, after The Host was unmasked
Sinister: The Host was exposed as The Great British Bake Off star Paul Hollywood, although his plans were eventually thwarted
The use of the word infect did not go down well with many fans rushing to Twitter to claim the statement was inappropriate, given the UK’s current shutdown amid the coronavirus pandemic.
One tweeted: “Rather an unfortunate topic on #MenInBrown. Infect the people? while another said, “Infect the human scum, is that appropriate?”
A third posted, “Disappointed that #SaturdayNightTakeaway just said a few times in it” “infect the human trash” “if I worked there and if I were I would take that off the show in the current pandemic crisis!”
A viewer also posted: ‘Infect human scum? Pretty topical, ‘with one more addition:’ ‘infect the people’ ‘sponsored by # COVID19’
Another defended the show somewhat by saying, “I know how long ago this was filmed, but goddammit, they just keep saying the aha infection line hopes people can take it lightly!”
“On closer inspection, you think the latter sketch may have been somewhat inappropriate in the current climate” to infect human trash. ” ”
They also tweeted: ‘Infect the human scum! WTF, no one has desensitized the show. ‘
Outraged: Many angry viewers rushed to Twitter to claim that the ‘infect’ line was ‘insensitive’ during the coronavirus lock
Some viewers were quick to defend the show for claiming the Men In Brown segment was filmed months in advance, meaning they had no idea coronavirus would manifest in a global pandemic.
One fan posted, “People complain about ‘infect the human scum’ from the Men In Brown sketch. Really? It was filmed months ago! ‘
People who cry over the use of the phrase “infect the human scum” should have a goddamn life. It’s about the hell aliens filmed months ago, and it’s lighthearted fun. Ffs. ‘
Really? Some viewers quickly defended the show for claiming that the Men In Brown segment had been filmed months in advance
Earlier this month, the coronavirus was identified as a global pandemic, and earlier this year the government announced that the country would be placed in a confined space for at least three weeks.
This weekend’s Saturday Night Takeaway was hosted by Ant and Dec from their living room after filming for the live show ended.
The duo introduced a collection of Best Bits from the show’s history, after presenting last week’s show without a studio audience.
Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway continues on Saturday at 7pm on ITV.
Coming back soon: Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway continues on Saturday at 7pm on ITV