Ofcom has received almost 300 complaints over Monday night's episode...
Coronation Street has apologised after a character made a ‘racist’ comment on Monday night’s show.
The episode saw Eva Price – played by Catherine Tyldesley – visit Audrey Roberts’ salon, where she made a controversial comment about her hair.
She said: ‘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.
Thank to this remark, Corrie has received almost 300 Ofcom complaints from viewers.
An Ofcom spokesperson says: ‘Ofcom has received 278 complaints about Coronation Street, which aired on Monday.
‘We will assess these complaints before we decide whether to investigate or not.’
Viewers also took to Twitter to air their thoughts, with one commenting: ‘Yo @ITV So what’s up with the cultural insensitivity on #Coronationstreet? “I got more Roots than Kunta Kinte” That’s kinda racist… [sic].’
Others said: ‘@itvcorrie Kunta Kinte- really Coronation Street? I think you need to have a word with the scriptwriter!’ and: ‘I mean sorry Coronation St. But what part of “I have more roots than Kunta Kinte” did you think was appropriate to put in your script.’
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Aaron Moffat-Jackman, a trainee vicar from Old Trafford, told the Manchester Evening News: ‘What it did was trivialise a horrific traumatic time for many people.’
A spokeswoman for the soap has said: ‘We apologise if this dialogue has caused offence.’