Vicar of Dibley fans divided as Dawn French takes to the knee during BLM sermon

Vicar of Dibley fans divided as Dawn French takes to the knee during BLM sermon

December 15, 2020

Vicar of Dibley returned to our screens on Monday evening, with Dawn French reviving the role of Geraldine Granger 13 years after the show came to an end.

Proving the show is moving with the times, in one scene, Dawn could be seen taking the knee during a sermon, acting in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.

While a number of viewers were delighted to watch the scene unfold, certain fans of the show were outraged by the act and took to social media to complain.

The movement, which gained momentum after the murder of George Floyd in Minnesota in May, encouraged millions to take to the streets in protest to campaign for equal rights for Black people.

Though the protests began in the US, they soon travelled worldwide, with the UK hosting a number of marches and protests to support the movement.

In the scene on the Vicar of Dibley, Geraldine acknowledged their Oxfordshire village had a part to play in joining the movement, as she spoke in favour of BLM.

She said: "I don't think it matters where you're from.

"I think it matters that you do something about it because Jesus would, wouldn't he? Until all lives matter the same, we are doing something very wrong.

"We need to focus on justice for a huge chunk of our countrymen and women who seem to have a very bad, weird deal from the day they're born."

The majority of comments were positive, praising the classic comedy series for adapting to the current climate and making a powerful statement.

One said: "We can usually rely upon @Dawn_French Vicar Of Dibley / Dribley to make us laugh out loud but last nights lockdown episode was very different and brought on very different emotions. It was a lovely tribute to Alice and BLM. Thank you."

"Absolutely bloody brilliant episode. Both for #BLM and for remembering #AliceTinkler," wrote a second.

"Loved the tribute to #BLM and #emmachamberline both were really well done," wrote a third.

However, certain fans claimed the BLM reference was too "woke" for their liking, and accused the BBC of trying to "bring politics" into the comedy series.

One said: "Watching #vicarofdibley turned off at 20.59 BLM"

A second remarked: "dawnfrench can F..ck right off #vicarofdibley we’d quite like to laugh- not watch more politics!!"

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