“It’s killing comedy, because you’re not allowed to joke about anything”
Inbetweeners star James Buckley believes that the show would have received a very different reaction if the iconic teen sitcom launched in 2018.
The 31-year-old, who played Jay Cartwright in the E4 show, believes that it is “cool at the moment to be offended” – which means that the juvenile context of the show wouldn’t be understood in the same way.
“I think that when The Inbetweeners was around, everyone understood the context – that they were kids”, he told Digital Spy. “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.”
Buckley is also hoping that a culture of being offended, as he believes that it would prevent the invent of a show in a similar vein to The Inbetweeners.
“It seems to be cool at the moment to be offended by stuff, and that’s a shame. 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”, he added.
“Which is really weird, because it’s only 10 years. It’s only four years since we finished.”
After running for three series between 2008-10, The Inbetweeners returned for two acclaimed films – released in 2011 and 2014.
But if previous reports are to believed, fans shouldn’t necessarily hold out hope for a return.
“I just don’t think it would work, I think we’re too old now”, star Blake Harrison said in May.
The Neil Sutherland actor added: “I think the reason it was so funny was you had these idiotic, ignorant, lads that you let them get away with saying things that would be quite offensive but as they get older you can’t excuse it, I think.”