- Leon Schuster has opened up about his films being removed from Showmax
- The streaming service said the movies have been canned as a precautionary measure while they're being reviewed for "racially insensitive material"
- Schuks has revealed that he was upset by the decision, but would not fight it
Mzansi filmmaker and veteran actor Leon Schuster has opened up about his movies being removed from Showmax.
The films have been removed from the streaming service's catalogue while they're being reviewed for "racially insensitive material".
Showmax’s head of communications, Richard Boorman, told TshisaLIVE that they removed Leon's content as a precautionary measure.
"We removed Leon Schuster content as a precautionary measure, pending a review to ensure there is no racially insensitive material. That review is currently underway.
"This is part of a wider review of content on Showmax — it's something happening in parallel with reviews by streaming services worldwide."
Leon told the publication he was upset by the decision, but would not fight it.
"You have to endure it. What can you do? They are the mkhulus of the industry and you can’t just kick out against them. I am not the type of person to take revenge. I have been doing the same thing with different storylines and candid camera for 35 years, and only now there is an issue."
Schuks said he was saddened by the news, which comes as he finally finished writing a script for Bones 3: Son of Bones.
Briefly.co.za reported that Mzansi also came to the comedian's defence, adamant that he had caused no offence with his funny movies.
Showmax said it does not engage with content creators or notify them when they add or remove content.
"I wish these guys would have called me a year ago and told me this. I have worked my gat off over the last year to write this script and for two years prior to that. It saddens me. I have worked so long and it seems like it is all going down the drain," said Leon.
Leon said he has yet to receive any complaints from fans about wearing blackface.
"Forget about colour. We are too obsessed with colour. I don’t think colour. I don’t think black Springbok or white Springbok, I think best Springbok. I don’t think black and white, I think South African. To entertain people with films is the same as entertaining them with rugby.
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