American comedy Ted Lasso pokes fun at Welsh independence and Wrexham takeover
An episode of an American comedy show has poked fun both at Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney’s takeover of Wrexham AFC and the Welsh independence movement.
Ted Lasso on Apple TV+ follows the titular coach who is unexpectedly recruited to coach an English Premier League team, AFC Richmond, despite having no experience in association football.
In the newest episode ‘Rainbow,’ published on Friday, the character Higgins, played by Jeremy Swifts, quipped he “can’t tell if them buying the club is a joke or not,” referring to Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney’s Wrexham takeover.
In another scene, one of the players for AFC Richmond, Welshman Colin Hughes, is urged to use social media. When he agrees to post to Instagram, he is told: “Do you think you can make this one post not about Welsh independence?”
— Richard Martin (@mimosacymru) August 21, 2021
Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney later responded to the joke about them on the series, both sharing tweets on Saturday with a letter jokingly threatening legal action against Apple TV+.
The actors demanded “2 large boxes of Ted Lasso’s biscuits” to be sent to the club ahead of the season kickoff this weekend “to avoid legal action”.
“It has come to our attention that in a recent episode of Ted Lasso our very real ownership of Wrexham AFC was called into question by an otherwise beloved character named ‘Higgins,’” they wrote.
“While we hold the incomparable Jeremy Swift in no ill regard and are honored to be mentioned on the platform that’s brought us high-quality programming ranging from Mythic Quest season one to Mythic Quest season two, we must insist that you cease and desist from the casting of any doubt regarding our commitment to the club, the fans, and the entire Wrexham community.”
McElhenney co-created and stars in Mythic Quest, which also streams on Apple TV+.