Inbetweeners star Simon Bird says the show would not be made today

‘It was not an accurate reflection of how teenagers spoke’: The Inbetweeners star Simon Bird says show would not be made today due to sexism and ‘casual homophobia’

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Simon Bird has admitted that he doesn’t think The Inbetweeners would be made today.

The actor, 38, starred as lead actor Will McKenzie in the show which ran from 2008-2010 and followed the misadventures of a group of teenage friends.

The show, which aired on E4, was extremely popular during its run, dealing with themes of sexuality, male bonding and boy culture.

Show: Simon Bird has admitted he doesn't think The Inbetweeners would be made today

Show: Simon Bird has admitted he doesn’t think The Inbetweeners would be made today

Speak against The Telegraph on how times have changed since The Inbetweeners aired, Simon said, “I really don’t think it would be commissioned today.”

The actor added that he doesn’t think the show has aged well due to the sexism and “casual homophobia” of the characters.

He said, “I rationalize it to myself by saying it was an accurate representation of the way teenagers talk to each other at the time. Is that still the case? I assume not.’

Simon added: ‘Even though the program was set in the 2000s, it was based on a 1990s pilot, so even in the 2000s it wasn’t really a true reflection of how teenagers spoke.’

Comedy classic: The actor, 38, played the lead role Will McKenzie in the show which ran from 2008-2010 and followed the misadventures of a group of teenage friends

Comedy classic: The actor, 38, played the lead role Will McKenzie in the show which ran from 2008-2010 and followed the misadventures of a group of teenage friends

Comedy classic: The actor, 38, played the lead role Will McKenzie in the show which ran from 2008-2010 and followed the misadventures of a group of teenage friends

The show was such a success that it spawned two films and was also nominated twice for Best Situation Comedy at the BAFTAs.

Along with Simon, it also starred Joe Thomas, James Buckley and Blake Harrison, while Emily Atack had a recurring role.

In a recent interview with The Guardian, Simon was asked if he would ever return to his role as the beloved suitcase w****r.

He replied, ‘It’s a hard no, I’m afraid. It just wouldn’t be the show people want or remember. Much better to leave it as a happy memory.

Candid: The actor added that he doesn’t think the show has aged well due to the characters’ sexism and “casual homophobia”

“Means we’re all doing a third movie for Netflix next year… Anything is possible. Honestly, you can’t trust a single word I’ve said in this interview. It’s all padding, not a killer.”

When asked if he could reshoot one episode of the show, which one would it be, he replied, “The Field Trip episode of Inbetweeners it is.”

‘A beautiful location, fish and chips on the beach, watching one of my best friends, Joe Thomas, nearly die of hypothermia. What could be better?’

He said, “I rationalize it to myself by saying it was an accurate representation of the way teenagers talk to each other at the time.  Is that still the case?  I assume not'

He said, “I rationalize it to myself by saying it was an accurate representation of the way teenagers talk to each other at the time.  Is that still the case?  I assume not'

He said, “I rationalize it to myself by saying it was an accurate representation of the way teenagers talk to each other at the time. Is that still the case? I assume not’

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