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Shilpa - The Victim of Racism on Big Brother

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By: Goher Iqbal Punn (Bollywood&TV Analyst)
Friday, January 19, 2007
The ravishing Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty, who is the contestant of UK's reality show 'Celebrity Big Brother', has become the victim of racism. The issue has now become wider not only in India, in UK but also across the globe. And why shouldn't it be as it's not good to attack on anybody's race. No one has the right to hurt anybody's feelings. The matter has deepened now after the thousands of complaints by the people.

More than 10,000 people have dashed off the complaints to the regulators and broadcaster 'Channel Four'. And now the channel is on way to do more to protect the Bollywood star from fellow participants on the show.

A lawmaker Keith Vaz, who is going to raise this issue in UK's parliament, said to a TV channel, "The language that is being used, the way in which it is being used, the things that are being said, are just not acceptable in this day and age".

The stunning Bollywood actress, Shilpa Shetty of 31 years of age, is one of nine coveted celebrities who are locked in the house for the Channel Four's reality show, 'Celebrity Big Brother' where their activities are broadcast round the clock.

Watchdod Ofcom of Britain media has received over 19,000 complaints from the people about the racism and Channel Four too has directly received above 2,000 complaints. It's a record for a television broadcast.

Shetty is regularly being victimized by her fellow contestants and found in tears.

Jade Goody told the actress: "Go back to the slums". She has been branded a "dog" as well on the show. As per the sources, the UK Police is currently looking into the e-mails to investigate the matter. Dale Bhagwagar, Shilpa Shetty's spokesman and publicist uttered that the Bollywood queen was tough enough to take potentially nearly two more weeks of ostracism and said that he was touched by the apparent public sympathy for her.

He further added, "It's very difficult to keep Shilpa down. She's strong enough to survive. There have been racist statements but knowing Shilpa, she will forgive and forget and move on in life. God forgive them; they know not what they do."

Indian government has asked Britain to check if there are any race laws have been broken. UK's Prime Minister Tony Blair said that "We should oppose racism in all its forms".

'Racism breaks the hearts and sketches distances and churns out hate. We all oppose it. Let's have a hand in hand to do so....'

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