After Catherine Tyldesley's Kunta Kinte comment, the ITV soap is now being investigated over the 'racist' remark...
Coronation Street is now facing an Ofcom investigation after there were more than 400 complaints following a ‘racist’ comment.
The much-loved soap came under fire last month after many viewers claimed a remark a character made about her hair was racist.
The episode saw Eva Price, who’s played by Catherine Tyldesley, visit Audrey’s hair salon, where she says: ‘I have more roots than Kunta Kinte. No idea who that is, by the way, just something my mum used to say.’
Kunta Kinte is a character from the novel Roots: The Saga Of An American Family, which was adapted into a hit TV miniseries in 1977.
It’s based on a real-life ancestor of author Alex Haley, and tells the story of a young man who was captured from Gambia and sold as a slave.
The controversial comments were broadcast on August Bank Holiday Monday and the episode was followed by 472 complaints made to the media watchdog, Ofcom.
Corrie were quick to apologise for the dialogue but now Ofcom have announced they will be following the complaints up. A spokesman said: ‘We’re investigating whether a comment made by a character in Coronation Street was offensive and breached generally accepted standards.’
At the time many viewers were furious with the remarks and took to social media to complain, one angry follower wrote: ‘@Ofcom sort out @itvcorrie !!! Promoting racism smh! Coronation street best issue an apology!’
Whilst another asked: ‘@ITV More Roots than Kunta Kinte Coronation Street are you for real who the hell wrote that into the script?’
But following the announcement many people have also defended the soap for the controversial reference and one viewer wrote: ‘Hmm, stupid line but racist? Not sure.’
‘Odd wording with that #KuntaKinte line, but it was hardly racist/making a joke about slavery. Just a like between the two words’ added another.
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