Film critic David Poland sits down with the biggest names in entertainment for an in-depth conversation about their art, craft and life on "Celebrity Conversations".
Type: Talk Show
Runtime: 30 minutes
Celebrity Conversations - Celebrity Big Brother 5 racism controversy - Netflix
The Celebrity Big Brother 5 racism controversy was a series of events related to incidents of allegedly racist behaviour by contestants on the fifth series of the British reality television show Celebrity Big Brother, broadcast on British television station Channel 4 in January 2007. The controversy centred on comments made by contestants Jade Goody, Danielle Lloyd, and Jo O'Meara – all of whom are white British – concerning Indian contestant Shilpa Shetty. The screening of these comments on UK television resulted in national and international media coverage, responses from the UK and Indian governments, and the show's suspension during the 2008 season. Many agencies and corporations cancelled their contracts with the housemates accused of racism, citing the allegations as the reason for the terminations. Also, many sponsors of the Big Brother series cancelled their sponsorship of the show. After the show, Goody stated that she understood her comments appeared as racist and apologised for any offence caused. Shetty later told the media that she forgave Goody. After conducting an investigation, Ofcom ruled that Channel 4 had breached the Broadcasting Code, and statutory sanctions were placed on the network.
Celebrity Conversations - Political reaction in UK and India - Netflix
Leicester East MP Keith Vaz tabled an Early Day Motion in Parliament addressing this issue. The controversy coincided with a visit by the Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown to India. When questioned by journalists, he said: “I want Britain to be seen as a country of fairness and tolerance. Anything detracting from this I condemn.” Prime Minister Tony Blair refused to comment on the issue as he had not seen the programme, although he did “condemn racism in all its forms.” London mayor Ken Livingstone stated, “The racism towards Shilpa Shetty on Celebrity Big Brother is completely unacceptable”. He went on to accuse the producers of the programme of selectively editing the show “to broadcast participants' racist comments”. Anand Sharma, India's junior minister for external affairs, told journalists that the Indian government would take “appropriate measures” once more information became available, while Kamal Nath, India’s trade minister, reportedly said that Celebrity Big Brother could lead to a “diplomatic crisis”. Equality and Human Rights Commission chairman Trevor Phillips stated that Channel 4 must “make clear that they got it wrong, they intervened too little too late”. A small protest involving “dozens” of Shetty’s fans took place in Patna, eastern India, during which straw effigies of Big Brother producers were burned. Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi, India’s information and broadcasting minister, opined that Shetty should appear before the Indian high commission in London when she left the house, stating: “If there has been some racism shown against her in the show, it is not only an attack on women but also on the skin and the country.” The India Tourism Office placed an “open letter” to Goody as advertisements in several national newspapers, inviting her to “experience the healing nature of India”.
Celebrity Conversations - References - Netflix