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Spitting Image creator hits back at racism complaints – insisting ‘people look for things to complain about’

SPITTING Image co-creator Roger Law defended his puppets against accusations of racism.

The caricaturist, 79, created the satirical puppet show which first aired in 1984.

It has gone on to win numerous awards by creating caricatures of celebrities and political figures by way of exaggerated puppets in their likeness.

ITV bosses recently had a "curious meeting" with the shows creators to discuss how best to represent black characters, in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement.

But Roger is not having any of the criticism that its past portrayals of figures such as Kanye West or Beyoncé were offensive.

Instead he accused his critics of contriving controversy.

“People sit around looking for things to complain about, and I do big noses and big ears. It’s personal – it’s not a racist thing," he told Radio Times in this week's magazine.

"[Personal parody] has more effect on individuals than waxing lyrical about their policies.

"Everybody cares about how they look. I’m wearing my hat now because I’m virtually bald – we’re all at it.”

Roger also tells the magazine now is the perfect time for the seminal satire to come back.

The show is coming back to the streaming service Britbox and a first look of the episode has a naked Donald Trump, Boris Johnson and Vladimir Putin wrestling in a sauna.

The puppet comedy satire show has heralded its return to TV screens with a sketch featuring the three world leaders dropping their towels to the floor for a kung fu style fight.

The trailer shows the British PM and the American president sitting side by side in the steam room, while eating fried chicken as sweat drips off their bodies.

They are soon interrupted by the Putin who is escorted by two blondes and demands they leave.

The scene soon escalates, leaving the trio without their towels and their nether regions - in puppet form of course - revealed.

No celebrity is left unscathed as the trailer features appearances from Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Ed Sheeran, Gwyneth Paltrow and Billy Ellish.

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and Swedish eco-campaigner Greta Thunberg, are also set to appear in the new BritBox show, which starts this month.

And Home Secretary Priti Patel is portrayed as a vampire on the series.

Roger revealed a team of artists have been working furiously during lockdown to create the instantly-recognisable puppets.

“Everything the team have done on the new Spitting Image shows, the caricatures, puppets and satirical gags have all been done in the public interest,” said the caricaturist and artist.

He added: “As Boris might say ‘Pro bono publico’. It’s time to come off furlough!”

Naked Trump, Boris Johnson and Putin wrestle in sauna in Spitting Image’s hilarious first trailer

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