'Big Brother' TV Reality Show has been hit by another race storm
but its bosses said Friday they had learnt their lesson from an
earlier bruising row involving Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty. The
station moved promptly to evict drama student Emily Parr, 19, after
she called fellow-contestant Charley Uchea a "nigger," reducing her
black co-participant to tears.
Parr has since apologized by her behaviour, but insisted that
the word was a "friendly term" in Bristol, where she came from.
Andy Duncan, the chief executive of Channel 4, the commercial TV
station staging Big Brother, said the channel had acted swiftly to
evict Parr because it had been accused of failing to do so over
Shetty earlier this year.
The Bollywood actress was showered with racial abuse by Jade
Goody and other contestants during a 'Celebrity Big Brother' show
in January, an episode that made headlines around the world and
earned Channel 4 a stern rebuke from the media watchdog Ofcom.
Shetty, who is currently taking part in a festival of Indian
film in northern Britain, said Friday, "I'm glad Channel 4 has
taken action. Well I'm really happy and I compliment them on the
action they have taken."
Britain's Commission for Racial Equality also commended Channel
4 for its "swift removal" of Parr. "While racism is in the ear of
the beholder, this word is clearly offensive," the commission