Peter Kay’s Car Share viewers have accused the show of “bashing” the transgender community.
The comedian and his co-star Sian Gibson returned for a special episode this week that was completely unscripted.
In one scene, John (Kay) and Kayleigh (Sian) are listening to a letter read out on a radio show. A woman reveals in the letter that she’s discovered her partner Gordon likes wearing women’s clothes.
It goes on to say that her husband was beaten up by “a gang of lads” and “couldn’t outrun them in his high heels”.
John is then seen making a V-sign on his cheek, while Kayleigh calls the woman’s new partner, a nightclub doorman, “a real man”. The scene ends with the woman asking to hear ‘More Than a Woman’ by the Bee Gees.
Viewers vented on Twitter…
“I’m a massive fan of Car Share, but the unscripted show tonight just didn’t work. The cheap gag at the expense of trans people was so ill judged and has tainted the brilliant previous episodes. Shame,” wrote one fan.
“I’m so bored of ‘a trans person got beaten up isn’t that funny’ jokes. It’s not funny. Why was that skit allowed on #CarShare,” tweeted another.
Digital Spy reached out to the BBC, who declined to comment.