Record complaints after royals labelled ‘terribly white’

Record complaints after royals labelled 'terribly white'

Coronation day balcony. Credit: The Royal Family/Facebook

The most complained about TV moment so far in 2023 was a comment about the Royal family being ‘terribly white.’

Ofcom has so far received 4165 complaints after Bridgerton star Adjoa Andoh, whose father was from Ghana, commented on the ethnicity of members of the royal family who were gathered on the balcony at Buckingham Palace according to Metro.

On ITV’s coverage of the King’s coronation last Saturday, May 6, 60-year-old Ms Andoh said, ‘Looking at all those young people, there is a bit of me that has gone from the rich diversity of the Abbey to the terribly white balcony, I’m very struck by that.’

The 60-year-old actress continued, ‘I am also looking at those younger generations and thinking, “What are the nuances that they will inhabit as they grow?” Nuances that Charles has exhibited, from a teenager into early 20s young man.’

In light of the public reaction to her comments, she was featured on BBC Radio 4 the next day. In an interview, she attempted to clarify her comments and said, ‘I think I upset a few people yesterday I was talking about the day and how marvellous it was and then looking at the balcony at the end.

‘And I suddenly went “ooh, it’s so white,” because the day had been so so mixed. I didn’t mean to upset anybody, I just was…’

BBC’s Paddy O’Connell interjected and said she ‘had nothing to apologise for’ and added, ‘you haven’t upset anyone.’

Social media has been alive with posts about the controversy over Andoh’s comments and that of interviewer O’Connell.

Someone tweeted, ‘I’m disappointed in Adjoa Andoh. The Coronation focused on promoting positive race relations & representing modern Britain.

‘There were many people from diverse backgrounds who had prominent positions yesterday, and yet Adjoa chose to discriminate with her divisive comment.’

Another disgruntled viewer added, ‘why is it OK to dismiss a white family for being white?’

Regarding the comments from Paddy O’Connell, one said,‘It’s bad enough that someone can get away with saying that on national TV. But when she said on BBC Radio 4 “I didn’t mean to upset anybody” Paddy O’Connell came out with “You haven’t upset anyone.”’

one person referred to O’Connell as an ‘enabler’ as one raged: ‘Please don’t speak for me!’

In response, Ofcom released a statement, ‘We are assessing the complaints against our broadcasting rules, before deciding whether or not to investigate.’

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John Ensor

Originally from Doncaster, Yorkshire, John now lives in Galicia, Northern Spain with his wife Nina. He is passionate about news, music, cycling and animals.


    • Paul Dickinson

      10 May 2023 • 18:16

      What a load of rubbish….the Royal Family is white, and they can’t change that. Totally fed up with people stating racism in the UK’s institutions…..

    • Geoffrey Thompson

      10 May 2023 • 20:10

      There is no way the leftist ITV and BBC Radio woke brigade will take exception to the racist commentary and subsequent appeasing broadcast made by Adjoa Andoh regarding the FACT we have a white Royal Family. Can you imagine the outcry if the boot was on the other floor and a white person made a comment like that against a black family. Wait a minute, wasn’t Lady Susan Hussey forced to aplologise and quit over remarks to now disgraced cheat charity boss Ngozi Fulani?

    • Robert Faraday

      11 May 2023 • 14:55

      ‘And I suddenly went “ooh, it’s so white,” said Ms Andoh; in itself is highly racist and greatly offensive to the Anglo-Saxons in the UK. Perhaps the Woman should be investigated by the Police?

    • Karen Glynn

      11 May 2023 • 18:47

      I’m appalled at the racist comment made my Ms Andoh. Our Royal are white as royalty is in itself continuous. What a stupid thing to say. If a white person had said ‘ooh that’s very black’ there would be an outcry. I really think the comnent should have been questioned by the presenter. Disgraceful.

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