Monday, 6 January 2014

"Outrage as Celebrity Big Brother housemate Jo O'Meara says being black ain't normal"

From The Evening Standard and the BBC:

Former S-Club 7 singer Jo O'Meara is facing a backlash from Celebrity Big Brother viewers after saying that being black "ain't normal".

O'Meara was given a telling off by producers for a conversation she had about the lack of openly black sports stars, which was broadcast in last night's instalment of the Channel 5 show.

Evander Holyfield, former world heavyweight boxing champion was seen telling O'Meara: "I think it's really bad that no one stands up and says it in the sports industry."

O'Meara, 34, then asked him: "What would be good about it?"

Holyfield replied; "I think it's good to be open like that because it's normal", prompting O'Meara to respond: "But that ain't normal."

Holyfield said: "That's just the way some people are born."

O'Meara replied: "It don't make no difference. If you're born and your leg were turned this way, what do you do? You go to a doctor and get it fixed back right. It's the same if you've got the wrong colour skin."

The retired boxer repeatedly urged the former pop singer to change the subject, telling her: "I don't think double-negatives are appropriate in this context."