Peter Kay's Car Share Breastfeeding Joke Sparks Almost 200 Complaints

The comedian recently revived his Bafta-winning sitcom for a one-off audio special, in a bid to "cheer up" the country.

The BBC has received a wave of complaints about a joke in the latest episode of Peter Kay’s Car Share.

Earlier this month, the comedian revealed he was resurrecting his sitcom for a one-off audio-only special, in a bid to “cheer up” the nation while we’re all on lockdown.

However, a total of 175 people have now contacted the BBC’s executive complaints unit (ECU) about a joke relating to breastfeeding in the episode.

During a chat between main characters John and Kayleigh about children’s soft play areas, the latter commented that she once saw a woman breastfeeding a three-year-old in public.

Peter Kay and Sian Gibson in Car Share
Peter Kay and Sian Gibson in Car Share

“How did you know he was three?” Peter’s character questioned, to which Sian Gibson’s responded: “He had balloons.”

John then remarked: “Is that you call them? Breastfeeding at three?”

Kayleigh then insisted: “Swear down. Hanging off the tit with his teeth in Timbaland’s,” while John suggested there’s “a time and a place”.

“They say breast is best,” Kayleigh concluded. “But you have got to draw the line somewhere.”

As reported by Digital Spy, many felt the segment shamed those who choose to breastfeed their children in public, as well as parents who practise extended breastfeeding.

A BBC representative declined to comment when contacted by HuffPost UK.

Peter Kay’s Car Share concluded in 2018, with two special episodes, one of which was almost completely improvised.

The finale was generally well-received, although some also took issue with a joke in the improvised episode, which was deemed transphobic.

It was recently reported that Peter Kay would be making a return to our screens next week, as part of the BBC’s Big Night In broadcast.


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