The commission of a British comedy show allegedly centred around slavery has sparked controversy and backlash.
Written by Rufus Jones, the show, titled "Forty Acres," delves into the history of the Transatlantic Slave Trade through a comedic lens. Social media, particularly Twitter, has become a platform for users expressing their discontent with the controversial subject matter.Notably, "Forty Acres" features a star-studded cast including Hugh Bonneville, Sarah Parish, and US rapper GaTa.
The pilot, directed by Nick Collett, was filmed near London, specifically at locations like the Victorian pub, The Swan, and other spots in Bushey near Watford during July.
This venture marks a significant step for Bonnie Productions, headed by Christine Langan, known for her role in BBC Films and Baby Cow.The show focuses on the ownership of a stately home, exploring Britain's colonial legacy. Sarah Parish shared glimpses from the set on Instagram, featuring herself, Bonneville, Jones, and GaTa, using the hashtag #BetterLateThanNever.
The controversy surrounding the show raises questions about how comedy can navigate sensitive historical topics, and the public's response on social media underscores the challenges such productions may face in today's cultural landscape.
The social media users stated in their tweets how the potential series to be 'grossly offensive' and 'disgusting'.
Comedian London Hughes described her disdain for the series.