/ 15 April 2021

Diversity dramas hit our screens

Neighbours actor Sharon Johal yesterday became the 3rd former cast member to claim she had faced “direct, indirect and casual racism” during her time on the set of the long-long-running soap opera. Johal has Indian heritage and says her complaints were not addressed by the show’s producers, Fremantle Media. Indigenous actors Shareena Clanton and Meyne Wyatt made similar allegations last week, and an “independent legal investigation” is underway, Fremantle said. Meanwhile, BBC diversity boss Miranda Wayland pointed to the crime drama Luther as a show that would depict minority groups in a more authentic way if made from scratch today. She said superstar Idris Elba’s character “isn’t black enough to be real” because “he doesn’t have any black friends and doesn’t eat any Caribbean food”. The show’s creator Neil Cross responded by saying Elba only took the role because race wasn’t central to the character.

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