Spitting Image hits back at racism complaints and insists 'it's personal'

Spitting Image creator Roger Law has hit back against complaints the puppets are racist.

After 24 years off air, the satirical show is making its return to BritBox with a whole host of new puppets, including Boris Johnson, Donald Trump, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West and Meghan Markle.

Roger insisted its portrayal of black celebrities is not racist following ITV bosses’ meeting to discuss how to portray black people as puppets.

‘People sit around looking for things to complain about, and I do big noses and big ears. It’s personal – it’s not a racist thing,’ he said.

‘[Personal parody] has more effect on individuals than waxing lyrical about their policies.’

Roger continued to Radio Times in this week’s magazine: ‘Everybody cares about how they look. I’m wearing my hat now because I’m virtually bald – we’re all at it.’


Last month, ITV’s director of television Kevin Lygo revealed he attended a meeting to address how Spitting Image could parody black people as puppets in the wake of the Black Lives Matter Movement.

Speaking in a TV diversity session, he said: ‘The producers called me and said we need to have a conversation.

‘We discussed with the writer and the producers about how to portray black people as viciously caricatured puppets.

‘What is ok? What is not ok? Some of the answers are unclear, it is difficult, everybody is trying their best.’ 

The first trailer for the new series of Spitting Image landed last week and saw Prime Minister Boris Johnson and US President Donald Trump having a naked battle in a sauna.

The world leaders were seen tucking into buckets of fried chicken, with Trump saying: ‘I wouldn’t worry about some dumb TV show, Boris. How are they going to make us look stupid?’

Boris replied it ‘can’t be done’, before Vladimir Putin stormed into the room in a dog collar, flanked by two women.

The politicians’ towels dropped and Putin proceeded to use his felt penis as a weapon against Boris and Trump’s private parts.

Spitting Image will arrive on BritBox on Saturday 4th October.

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