Carol racism warning leaves Celeb BB viewers angry
Celebrity Big Brother 2013 producers have been criticsed for issuing Carol McGiffin with a formal warning over racist language after she said the ‘n’ word in a conversation about Ron Atkinson.
In the early hours of Day 3, the Loose Women panellist used the term while explaining Ron’s career history to a clueless Louie Spence.
“He’s a commentator now, or he was until he f**ked his own career up by being racist,” she said. “His TV career ended instantly when he was caught off camera but on mic calling a football player a n***er.
“Whatever context he used it in, it ruined his career.”
The 53-year-old was hauled to the Diary Room yesterday afternoon to be punished, with Big Brother stating: “Big Brother deems this language to be unacceptable and potentially offensive.
“Big Brother does not tolerate this unacceptable language and therefore is issuing you with a formal warning. If you repeat this sort of language again Big Brother may have no choice but to remove you from the house.”
“Okay, that’s fair enough, you’re absolutely right,” responded Carol. “I know the rules and I do normally abide by them, but yes, I was out of order, sorry, I apologise profusely.”
However, some viewers have hit out at bosses for being too harsh on Carol, as she was merely talking about what someone else had said.
The show has also been accused of double standards after her use of the offending term was bleeped – before Big Brother repeated the conversation to her in the Diary Room uncensored.
“I’m surprised feisty Carol took that warning. She was only quoting a HM THEY put in house who said it. Ridiculous,” blasted @kazimierz66 0n Twitter.
“They don’t condone what she quoted, but condone it anyway by putting Ron in there in the first place!” commented @scotttdash, while @shaneREACTI0N wrote: “Big Brother used the N word in the same context as Carol. Are the producers going to get a warning too?”
But others backed the producers’ decision, with @KayDMusicQ saying: “She shouldnt have said ‘ni***r’ no matter. If she was just explaining the general thing would be ‘the N word’.”
During this year’s civilian series, over 150 people complained to media regulator Ofcom after housemate Jemima was warned for using potentially offensive language while talking about her preferences in romantic partners.