#BlackLivesMatter: Trisha Goddard on racism, diversity in TV and Bo’ Selecta – BBC Newsnight

published on July 13, 2020

Tricia welcome thank you for joining uswhat was your reaction if I could justtake you back to when you first becameaware of this impression of you I mean II hated it let me just tell you I'veonly recently discovered how bullied mychildren were at school in Norfolk over

The character and it was let me be clearon this if I had been parody parried theparody was just of me that would be onething but it was the big lips it wasthere all the things that every blackchild has been bullied about and yet I

Could laugh at myselfI've had people you know take their jokeabout me but it was the racialover-the-top with the big lips the bigwide hitch the rice and peas and youknow I couldn't actually watch it and I

Know that Lee only recently what no Leekinda knew because I know Craig Davidhad an issue with with his portrayalreally dead I bet so Craig to speak tobut a couple of times I'm I bumped intoLee I my daughter reminded me she was

With me once I couldn't even talk to himI felt so sick and recently an awards doyou know as I walked away from him hehad in his defense he had a long talk onthe telephone with my daughter who toldher what she went through as a direct

That the bullying the viciousness as adirect result and he was horrified beinga father himself he was absolutelyhorrified but let me just say after hemade that apology on his site I wrote areally nice let thing to him on it and

Saying when he posted blacklivesmattersaying yeah that's all very well Lee butcome on you know you sort of had toprompt him to review this after doingblack lives matter with that black outsquare that lots of celebrities and

Other people did oh it's not just himsome organizations that put it up therebecause it was the thing to do you knowyou know last week it was clapping forfor you know NHS staff which I don'tbelittle my daughter's frontline work of

The NHS you know some of them treat itas like you know the the thing de jourand I actually posted don't botherputting this up if you're not going tof-word do the work so but I put a verynice note on his page about that and it

Went from there and lots of people whoclearly lots and lots and lots and lotsof people who felt uncomfortable with itsaid yes what about this he did take itdown he had a long chat with my daughterand he was horrified because he heard

First hand of what what had happened nowlet me just say I don't want to throw meunder the bus because I agree with JaneBaptiste anyone can come up with anyidea but for an entire corporation tosay yes that's a great idea let's put it

On let's Commission it let's do it okaywe all make mistakes we all makemistakes but if you're going toapologize just the words aren't enoughthere needs to be a change in behaviorand that's about the corporation's I'm

Talking and let me just read channelfour statement we support Lee in hisdecision to reflect on both selection inlight of recent events and we've agreedwith him to remove the show from the allfour archive what do you make of that

Statement from Channel four and hearwhat they are doing in life if all anyorganization who's put up that blacksquare or gives lip service to changingthe culture it would be nice to see whatmeasures they're they're making to

Change the code just to say oh well thiswas in 2002 you know it wasn't in theeighties it was on Channel four and itwas also nominated for a BAFTA I thinkthat's also something to put into thisat the moment and it greatly affected

Your life and as yousay your children's life what's it beinglike this week having had it all broughtback up I'm a Tuffy I was the firstblack person on Australian televisionand I was often security the racism was

So badlet me tell you while I was on air mychildren had a couple of times we hadSpecial Branch had to teach my childrenhow not to open parcels sent to thehouse they were actually scrambled once

To one of my daughter's schools notbecause of anything I said just becausethe way I looked and this all comingback up has been it's under Lee'sheartfelt apology racism works as aresult I had a go at me because it was

Seen as me forcing him to do I didn'tforce him I didn't even ask him he didthat of his own volition and all powerto him for doing it but people need toblame meso we I have gone through the most

Disgusting stuff you know and and Icannot look at a newspaper commentsection this allegedly released theythere is some of the most vile stuff ifanybody really wonders if racism is aproblem in this country have a look at

Some of the clickbait print media's gota huge job to do as well it's not justwe're gonna have to leave it there butthank you so much for joining us thisevening

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