The Inbetweeners’ James Buckley: ‘People would be offended by the show now’

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The Inbetweeners‘ James Buckley has said that it would be difficult to make the popular comedy series today due to the ‘joke police’…

Buckley is set to return to his lead role in Dave’s Zapped this evening and speaking to Digital Spy in advance of the premiere he said, “it seems to be cool at the moment to be offended” and it’s “killing comedy”.

“I think that when The Inbetweeners was around, everyone understood the context – that they were kids,” he continued. “There used to be a sympathy, where you could almost forgive them, because you can’t really have a go at someone for being stupid – that’s not really their fault.”

“Nowadays, it feels very black and white with comedy. There’s no in-between, it’s just, ‘This person said this on television – isn’t that terrible?’ and it’s killing comedy, because you’re not allowed to joke about anything, it seems. There seems to be a joke police, nowadays.”

“It seems to be cool at the moment to be offended by stuff, and that’s a shame,” he added. “It seems to be in vogue at the moment, and I’m hoping it will pass, because I do think that possibly people would maybe be more offended by The Inbetweeners if it was to be made today. Which is really weird, because it’s only 10 years. It’s only four years since we finished.”

Zapped series three starts on Dave tonight at 10pm.

Digital Spy