'Allo Allo!' star Vicki Michelle: Cancel culture is killing Brit sense of humour

Katie Archer
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LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09:  Vicki Michelle attends 'The Krays: Dead Man Walking' UK premiere at The Genesis Cinema on September 9, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
Vicki Michelle worries about Britain losing its sense of humour. (Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

'Allo 'Allo! star Vicki Michelle has said she thinks Britain is in danger of having its sense of humour killed off by cancel culture.

Michelle, who played waitress Yvette in the classic sitcom, said she is shocked by some other comedy shows being edited or cut from streaming services over potentially offensive jokes.

She told the Daily Mirror: "Political correctness has gone ridiculous."

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Adding that she thought "most people" would agree censorship has gone too far, she said it was important not to leave people "frightened" of offending others.

Michelle said: "The British have always had that ability to laugh at themselves and when you lose that where is the comedy? Where is the fun?

Cast of the television sitcom series 'Allo 'Allo! pictured together on location in Mundford, Norfolk on 22nd April 1986. From left to right: Guy Siner as Lieutenant Gruber, Kim Hartman as Helga, Richard Gibson as Herr Flick, Vicki Michelle as Yvette, Arthur Bostrom as Officer Crabtree, Francesca Gonshaw as Maria, Carmen Silvera as Edith Artois, Gordon Kaye as Rene Artois, Rose Hill as Fanny and Jack Haig as Monsieur Roger LeClerc. (Photo by Larry Ellis Collection/Getty Images)
Vicki Michelle with her 'Allo 'Allo! co-stars. (Larry Ellis Collection/Getty Images)

"I think we should retain our comedy. If you put it out to a general vote they'd say 'enough', let's not look too far into things and keep our sense of humour. People are so angry about everything."

Recent amendments to classic sitcoms have included editing racist language out of Fawlty Towers and adding an "offensive language" warning to Blackadder on streaming services.

Michelle also said that she thought 'Allo 'Allo! was "quite difficult at the beginning" because of its wartime theme, but said it wasn't written to offend and was well loved by viewers.

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: (L) Louise Michelle and (R) Vicki Michelle attend the Boots Staydry Women Take The P**s Comedy Night at Boulevard Theatre on February 25, 2020 in London, England. The event was held to challenge the taboo associated with female incontinence and encourage women to talk more openly about the condition.  (Photo by Lia Toby/Getty Images for Boots Staydry )
Vicki Michelle with her daughter Lou. (Lia Toby/Getty Images for Boots Staydry )

She said she thought people were becoming too serious and were too quick to be offended.

Michelle, who stars in radio sitcom Barmy Dale, is to be joined on the programme by her real-life daughter Lou, who will play her character's daughter.

Talking about their sense of humour, Lou said they often found different things funny because she was from a "different kind of era".

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