The spitting image is back this month.
But before the satirical series of dolls airing on Britbox, the filmmakers had rethought one of the dolls due to concerns that it was “gratuitously offensive” to red-haired viewers.
Filmmaker Ed Sheeran is set to materialize in the comic show, but there was a last-minute reshuffle to his cartoon.
The 29-year-old singer’s shape of you doll originally appeared on a carrot above the singer’s crown, but now the idea has been changed and the designers have replaced carrots with kale leaves instead.
An ITV source told The Sun, “It was thought unjustifiably offensive so we ordered them to reorganize the doll. The muppets didn’t seem happy with the changes.
“But that’s a great streak when you do a comedy. It’s one thing that makes fun of the rich and powerful, but it’s another thing that insults some viewers. The change has cost a lot of money. But it’s worth the cost.”
All 10 original series from Spitting Image will be available on Britbox and the Presidents have also selected the best 14 episodes to be broadcast live upon the new episode’s release on October 3.
New dolls include Charles, Camilla, Michael Gove, and Dominic Rapper, as well as Billie Eilish, Greta Thunberg, Taylor Swift, Idris Elba, Harry Styles, Brad Pitt, Elton John and Gwyneth Paltrow.
The show’s makers also convinced some of the stars of the original shows, which aired in the 1980s and 1990s, to participate.
Edwina Currie is one such celebrity who will introduce her own doll.
Spitting Image arrives at BritBox on October 3, 2020.
What do you think Spitting Image is changing the Ed Sheeran doll? Do let us know in the comments below.