Naga Munchetty hits back at Vicar of Dibley Black Lives Matter complaints

BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty has called out those who complained about the Black Lives Matter scene recently shown in The Vicar of Dibley.

This year, BBC sitcom The Vicar of Dibley returned for a series of festive specials, with Dawn French reprising the beloved character of Geraldine Granger.

In one of the episodes, Geraldine pays tribute to the Black Lives Matter movement, taking a knee and delivering a sermon about racism to her congregation.

It was recently confirmed that hundreds of people complained about the scene, which features Geraldine stating: ‘I am aware all lives matter, obviously, but until all lives matter the same we are doing something very wrong.’

In a report published on Christmas Day, it emerged that the BBC received 266 complaints regarding the segment.

Television presenter Naga, 45, shared her astonishment over the report, tweeting a response on Friday afternoon that read: ‘Are you kidding me?’

Earlier this month, Dawn, 63, appeared to respond to the complaints The Vicar of Dibley received after it was revealed the programme would include a Black Lives Matter tribute.

In a post shared on Twitter, she wrote: ‘A lovely calm day, full of humanity, compassion and support all round…..’

The BBC later shared a statement regarding the scene, explaining that Dawn’s character Geraldine would be ‘processing this year’s events in her familiar outspoken and high-spirited way’.

‘In The Vicar of Dibley in Lockdown, Geraldine shares with her congregation her take on some of the key stories of 2020, including clapping for the NHS, the Black Lives Matter movement, lockdown, and school exams being cancelled,’ the statement read.

‘She is a much-loved and well-established comic character and will be seen processing the year’s events in her familiar outspoken and high-spirited way.’

The Vicar of Dibley is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

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