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Netflix axing of Chris Lilley shows catalyses ABC ‘harm and offence’ audit

When Netflix UK pulled Little Britain from its catalogue over blackface caricature, attention turned to Australian comedian Chris Lilley’s over his frequent employ of blackface.

Netflix removed a number of Lilley’s shows: We Can Be Heroes, Summer Heights High, Angry Boys and Jonah from Tonga. The decision has started a debate over whether Lilley’s caricatures subvert racist stereotypes or merely reinforce them.

Now, amid censorship concerns, the ABC has launched a ‘harm and offence’ audit into its current and past programming.

“We are reviewing our content to ensure it meets current community standards and reflects our editorial policies on harm and offence,” a spokesperson for the broadcaster said on Thursday.