Spitting Image unveils Priti Patel as a vampire and the public have taken to Twitter to offer their thoughts. Of course, the divide couldn’t be clearer.
While 2020 has proven a total disaster in many regards, there’s no denying that there has been at least one saving grace…
TV, we can always rely on you.
So far this year, audiences have been treated to a wealth of terrific shows, whether that be new gems or fresh seasons from familiar favourites.
It’s a good job too, as you’ll be painfully aware that much of 2020 has been spent in lockdown with little to do but make friends with television for escapism.
On the other hand, some of the most revered shows of previous decades are less about escapism and more about confronting our society.
In this regard, satire will perhaps always reign supreme.
There have been a number of shows to take a shot at the world while delivering belly laughs and few have been quite so cherished as Spitting Image, created by Peter Fluck, Roger Law and Martin Lambie-Nairn.
It arrived on screens in 1984 and aired for 18 seasons up until 1996, boasting a wealth of puppets resembling notable figures.
Now, it’s back.
Spitting Image: Priti Patel vampire joke explained
The iconic series is back this month and a range of puppets have already been unveiled, from Boris Johnson to Donald Trump.
As highlighted by The Sun, they’ve also unveiled an image of a Priti Patel puppet in which she resembles a vampire.
The 48-year-old has served as Secretary of State for the Home Department since 2019 and is a member of the Conservative Party.
Spitting Image hasn’t exactly held back with making a statement with the Priti puppet, giving her fangs, a cape… well, the full vampire attire, basically.
The caricature carries strong connotations, as everybody knows that vampires are most closely associated with sucking the blood from the living. Taking that into account, audiences believe they already know where Spitting Image is going to take this one.
However, the sketch itself could have surprised in store and some are reserving judgement until it airs.
As noted by The New European, co-creator Roger Law has said of the project:
“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.”
Despite this, it already has people conflicted on social media.
Twitter is completely torn!
While some are praising the show’s return and exhibiting particular favouritism towards the satirical depiction of Priti Patel, others aren’t so impressed.
Some argue that she has been singled out while politicians on the left have got off free from receiving the Spitting Image treatment.
Check out a selection of tweets: