Wednesday, 17 January 2007
No Racial Abuse say Channel 4
Over 20,000 complaints have been sent to Ofcom and Channel 4 over allegations of racism and bullying; a record for the most-complained about show in UK television history.
Channel 4 has issued a statement regarding the ongoing allegations of racism and bullying in the Big Brother house.
The statement in full:
"To date there has been no overt racial abuse or racist behaviour directed against Shilpa Shetty within the Big Brother house. However there has undoubtedly been a cultural and class clash between her and three of the British females in the house."
Unambiguous racist behaviour and language is not tolerated under any circumstances in the Big Brother house. Housemates are constantly monitored and Channel 4 would intervene if a clear instance of this arose.
"It is in the nature of Big Brother that conflicts arise and housemates are encouraged to resolve issues among themselves."Shilpa has not voiced any concerns of racial abuse to Big Brother.
Housemates have access to support from Big Brother at all times."The issue of whether there is racism in the CBB House has been discussed on Channel 4's companion programmes CBBLB and BB's BM and a range of views has been aired, including those of BB viewers."