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Coronation Street Slammed By Viewers For ‘Racist’ Comment

by : UNILAD on : 31 Aug 2016 08:55
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Coronation Street viewers have slammed ITV after a character was seen making a ‘racist’ comment regarding her hair.

The episode, which was shown on Bank Holiday Monday, featured a scene involving Cath Tyldesley’s character Eva Price and Sue Nicholls’ Audrey Roberts.

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In the episode, Eva visits Audrey’s hair salon and comments: “I have more roots than Kunta Kinte. No idea who that is, by the way, just something my mum used to say.”

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Kunta Kinte was a character who featured in the novel Roots. His story tracks from his birth in 1750 to his death in 1822, during which time he was captured in Gambia and became a slave in America.

Unsurprisingly, the comments have gained criticism across social media.

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The creators of the soap have since apologised to viewers who found the phrase offensive, the Mirror reports. An ITV spokesperson said: “We apologise if this dialogue has caused offence.”

This is the second time in a week that ITV bosses have found themselves facing criticism. Earlier this week, Emmerdale sparked outrage from viewers after a character made a comment about a drunk person acting like someone with cerebral palsy.

Nicola King’s character was branded ‘disgusting’ as she said: “You can’t go around like that, all cocked. You look like you’ve got Hemiplegia.”

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Get your shit together, ITV.

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    Coronation Street viewers blast ITV soap for 'racist' comment by Eva Price