David Walliams accused of misogyny over Billie Eilish Comic Relief sketch


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David Walliams’ impersonation of Billie Eilish during Comic Relief has been branded ‘disgusting’ because, well, he did an impersonation of her at all.

David reunited with his Little Britain co-star Matt Lucas to revive Rock Profile on Friday night to help raise money for Red Nose Day.

Rock Profile was a huge fan favourite in the 90s and saw the pair imitate the biggest pop stars for a sketch show.

Apparently though, in 2022, impersonating is uncalled for.

As well as the Bad Guys singer, Matt and David parodied the likes of Lewis Capaldi, Adele, Miley Cyrus and Post Malone.

It was the Billie sketch which saw David in a black and green wig and red tracksuit that really upset viewers though.

David dressed in a black and green wig to impersonate Billie Eilish joined by Matt Lucas as Lewis Capaldi (Picture: BBC)
‘Targeting an amazing talented young women just reinforces their misogynistic views’ (Picture: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for iHeartMedia )

In the scene, Vernon Kay interviewed Billie and Lewis, but she had no idea who the Scottish singer was.

‘Is he a competition winner?’ she snarls. ‘I did say no meet and greets.’

One critic slammed the sketch on Twitter, posting: ‘David Walliams (50-year-old man) dresses up as Billie Eilish (20-year-old young woman) It’s really funny, apparently, to mock clever, creative women who dare to be a bit different.’

‘This is disappointing in David and Matt given they have been vocal in stating that their trans women comedy sketches were dated (albeit accurate). I used to love them but targeting an amazing talented young women just reinforces their misogynistic views,’ said another.

Someone else accusing the pair of misogyny commented on a post shared by David, and wrote: ‘on a scale of yes, how much do you hate women?’

Critics thought the sketch was ‘misogynistic’ (Picture: BBC)

Others defended the comics though, calling the Rock Profile revival ‘brilliant’ and calling for a new series.

One fan wrote: ‘Loved Rock Profile tonight… and all for a good cause too! Any chance of a new series?… Please!!!’

Ahead of Comic Relief, Matt and David shared their excitement for the sketch.

‘It’s been really fun giving the “Rock Profile” treatment to a host of stars who weren’t even twinkles in our eyes when we first did the show nearly 25 years ago,’ said Matt.

David added: ‘I can’t wait for everyone to see our brand-new characters.’

Comic Relief is available to stream on iPlayer now.

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