Lilley was accused of basing the controversial character Jonah Takalua on the teenager Filipe Mahe, who appeared in a ABC documentary about disadvantaged students at a school in Sydney's south-west. The writer and actor has been criticised for 'exploiting' Mr Mahe, who was a Year 9 student at the time the documentary was made. The controversy comes after four of Lilley's shows, including Jonah from Tonga, were removed from the Netflix catalogue in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement. The clip, which Lilley shared on Facebook on Sunday, shows Jonah and his Pacific Islander classmates rapping a song with the lyrics 'I feel sad, I feel pain, when you call me that name. I'm a person just like you. Lilley deleted the post and shared another Jonah From Tonga clip to Facebook on Monday in a bid to show a softer side of the character. In the second deleted scene, Jonah is sitting in his room speaking about how his mum thought he was special. Fans have rallied in support since the clips were posted on Monday night, praising Lilley for 'bringing awareness to real issues'. Chris highlighted real issues and created awareness. Watch how appreciative Jonah was in the end.
Christopher Daniel Lilley born 10 November is an Australian comedian, actor, writer, director, producer, and musician. He was raised in Turramurra and attended Pymble Public School. He began his career in his twenties as a stand-up comedian while also working as a childcare worker at Turramurra North Public School and a shop assistant. In , Lilley made his debut in Big Bite , a Seven Network comedy programme, in which he portrayed extreme sports enthusiast Extreme Darren and the high-school drama teacher Mr G , a character that he continued in Summer Heights High. It did not win.
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