Ofcom clears Coronation Street over Eva’s “Kunta Kinte” comment

"We found that the comment was justified by its context," a spokesperson said today

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Coronation Street has been cleared by broadcasting regulator Ofcom following accusations of racism.

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Scenes broadcast in August saw Eva (Catherine Tyldesley) pay a visit to Audrey’s salon and remark on the state of her hair with the comment: “I have more roots than Kunta Kinte. No idea who that is. Just something my mum used to say.”

Roots, written by Alex Haley, told the story of a man sold into slavery and was adapted into a 1977 miniseries that went on to win nine Emmy awards.

A total of 473 complaints were made, with objections believed to be focused on a belittlement of the seriousness of Roots’s subject matter. But Coronation Street was today found to be not in breach of the broadcasting code.

A spokesperson said today: “We recognised that the character’s comment caused offence to some viewers. There is a long history on British television of soap characters behaving controversially and in ways that develop their characters.

“In this case, the character said that she did not understand the meaning of her comment, which served to illustrate her naivety. Therefore, on this occasion we found that the comment was justified by its context.”

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