Shilpa Shetty Racism Row – [Update – She Wins]
The alleged racism experienced by Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty on the Celebrity Big Brother reality TV show in the UK has not gone unnoticed in India.
Here is the ITN News reports on the racism row:
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The issue has attracted considerable press coverage and comment, even though the programme is not shown in India.
The country’s two leading papers gave the story front-page coverage.
News channels also showed clips of the allegedly racist remarks made against the actress by other celebrity housemates appearing in the show.
Some related Celebrity Big Brother 2007 show excerpts:
They referred to her as “the Indian”, made fun of her accent and accused her of wanting to be more light-skinned.
One inhabitant of the Big Brother house said that Indians were so thin because they ate undercooked food, which made them ill.
Film critic and columnist, Mayank Shekhar said that the incident showed the “underbelly of racism” that still exists in Europe and North America.
“I am not surprised at this. Big Brother is a show where people are stuck in a room and after a point, their true character is bound to come through,” he said.
She wins Celebrity Big Brother 2007:
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