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Hey guys, seeing as it’s the Big Brother final tonight, I thought we’d go with a story that’s been on everyone’s lips over the past few days… yes, I refer to the comments made by ex-EastEnders star Wendy Richard. As we all know by now, there’s been lots of headlines in the newspaper and a great deal of fuss….but is it deserved?
The actress claimed that the Big Brother ‘race’ storm was making her feel ill. She sparked a fuss with her "Chinese" outburst about Thai housemate Kat Kasisopa. She says she is devastated by the fuss about her remarks on Big Brother’s Little Brother on Monday and claims she was influenced by outdated portrayals of the Chinese from books of her childhood. She described Kat as "very fake" before adding: "What is it they say about these inscrutable Chinese? And she is Thai, but it is all Oriental isn’t it? Well it is to me anyway. They don’t betray their emotions on their face, that is what I meant." Her appearance on the E4 programme caused an outcry from fans and TV watchdog Ofcom has also received complaints.
In true Pauline Fowler fashion (her motto being speak now, think later), Wendy Richard basically made a comment that would have made Alf Garnett proud… Watch the video below
Judging by her tone, you do get the feeling that she didn’t intend to offend, but this in no way justifies the remarks. What I want to know is didn’t Wendy Richard learn anything from the ‘Shilpagate’ episode on Celebrity Big Brother last year? All I can say is that it’s a good job she’s no longer on EastEnders – can you imagine the headlines the tabloids would’ve come up with? ‘EastEnders In Eastern Upset’…..’It’s Fowler Play, Cry The Chinese…’
George Lamb corrected her mistaken view that being from Thailand is the same as being from China – Wendy love, you’re English. Is that the same as being Irish? But to get this in perspective, she made a thoughtless comment, not a malicious one and it’s a hard lesson learnt the hard way. Let’s just hope that at the very least sanity prevails on this entire episode.
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