I try to remain unbiased in most articles I write but I’ll admit that when it comes to ‘The Inbetweeners’ I’m very much on the side of Will, Neil, Simon and Jay.

The main reason for this is that I bagged my first ever date when my friends and I copied the game the boys play when they text different girls from each other’s phones.

The girl I secretly fancied thought it was hilarious when she found out and agreed to go out with me.

I absolutely bombed on the date in true Inbetweeners fashion, but hey, it’s the taking part that counts.

I say I’m on the side of Channel 4’s classic comedy series because James Buckley – who played infamous bullsh*tter Jay on the show – recently said that he doesn’t think the show would have the same reception if it was released today.

The 31 year-old reckons that people in general are too offended by things nowadays, which wouldn’t bode well for the risque jokes about awkward teen moments that the show is famous for.

Speaking to Digital Spy, he said: 

“I think that when The Inbetweeners was around, everyone understood the context – that they were kids.

“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?’

“It’s killing comedy, because you’re not allowed to joke about anything, it seems. There seems to be a joke police, nowadays.”

He added:

“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. Which is really weird, because it’s only 10 years. It’s only four years since we finished.”

Not that this is anything new, though, the likes of The Simpsons, Friends and American Pie have all been heavily criticised for racism, sexism and transphobia in recent times.

Buckley asked his Twitter followers what they thought and here’s what they said:

I have to say I agree with the general consensus here; comedy is about pushing boundaries and talking about taboo subject matter, get rid of that and where’s the funny?

Also, I’m sick of this politically correct age we live in where some people have got nothing else to do apart from sit around and complain about something.

As you can tell I’m a bit wound up so I’m just going to leave you with this video of Jay/James gatecrashing the Tony Bellew/David Haye press conference.

Comedy gold.

Images via Channel 4