Multichoice removes Leon Schuster’s racist film from streaming platform, ShowMax

Africa’s largest pay-TV operator, MultiChoice Group Ltd. said it has removed racist films by South African producer and comedian Leon Schuster from its streaming service, ShowMax.

Multichoice said in a statement that it is trying to determine whether they contain racially insensitive material.

The measure is “precautionary,” pending a review, Richard Boorman, head of communications at Showmax, said in an emailed response to questions. “That review is currently underway.”

The withdrawal of the material comes after the killing of unarmed American George Floyd in Minneapolis and subsequent global protests prompted the entertainment industry to review content. Earlier this month, streaming services including Netflix Inc. and HBO Max canceled shows that contained the use of blackface or racist depictions.

Schuster who often dresses up as people of other races to play pranks on members of the public.

In his response, Schuster said he “can’t believe that the content of his films does any harm,” Netwerk24, a news website, quoted him as saying on June 19.