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Coronation Street apologise for 'racist' Kunta Kinte script

ICONIC ROLE: Kunta Kinte was played by LeVar Burton (left) in 1977 and British actor Malachi Kirby (right) in a 2016 remake

Coronation Street bosses have apologised after disgusted fans complained about a ‘racist’ line which aired in Monday night’s episode.

The episode, which was screened on ITV on Bank Holiday Monday, featured a scene involving the characters of Eva Price and hairdresser Audrey Roberts.

In the episode Eva Price, who is played by Catherine Tyldesley, visits Audrey’s hair salon and says: “I have more roots than Kunta Kinte.

"No idea who that is, by the way, just something my mum used to say.”

Neither Audrey or Maria are seen reacting to the ‘racist’ comment in the scene but it left some viewers offended, while others called out the writers for being "disrespectful" and "bad taste".

Kunta Kinte was a character who featured in the novel Roots and was based on one of the author’s ancestors who was enslaved in Gambia then taken to America. the book was adapted into a mini series in 1977. A rebook of the show, starring British actor Malachi Kirby, aired earlier this year.

Aaron Moffat-Jackman, a trainee vicar from Old Trafford, told the Manchester Evening News: “What it did was trivialise a horrific traumatic time for many people.

"Particularly at a time when things are ongoing in America, with many black people getting killed by police, by white people. I think it would be very welcome for ITV to apologise.”


CONTROVERSIAL COMMENTS: The offensive scene involved the characters of Eva Price and Audrey Roberts

One disappointed viewer tweeted: "You wouldn't make a joke about Ann Frank, that would be in bad taste, but Kunta Kinte is okay? Who's bad idea was that?! #Corrie."

Another viewer tweeted: “Yo @ITV So what’s up with the cultural insensitivity on #Coronationstreet? “I got more Roots than Kunta Kinte” That’s kinda racist.”

The creators of the soap have since apologised to soap viewers who found the phrase offensive.

A spokeswoman for ITV said: “We apologise if this dialogue has caused offence.”

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