BBC competition ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ has found itself at the center of a ‘race row’ after a third non-white contestant left the show on Sunday.
BBC Breakfast’s Naga Munchetty was eliminated by public vote last night, after finding herself in the bottom two with singer Anastacia. She is now the third non-white contestant to be voted off, after Tameka Empson and Melvin Odoom.
A big #Strictly farewell to @BBCNaga and @PashaKovalev. Miss you already! RT to say goodbye. pic.twitter.com/7BQVc4ZEx0
— BBC Strictly (@bbcstrictly) October 16, 2016
After Naga’s elimination some viewers took to twitter to accuse the show of racism.
“So first its Melvin, the black man. Second gone its Tameka, the black woman. And now Naga. Not saying its racist but, seriously #Strictly,” tweeted one viewer.
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Another added: “Is #Strictly racist? Well…have a look at who are the first 3 to be evicted…it’s quite a conclusive answer (although sad to see Naga go).”
A third tweeted: “Haven’t said it until now but how racist are the #strictly voters?”
Two weeks ago there was similar outcry when TV presenter Melvin Odoom was voted off, after an injury prevented Anastacia from taking part in a dance-off.
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Then just a week later ‘Eastenders’ actress Tameka Empson became the second contestant to be sent home.
But the BBC has since defended the competition against the racism accusations, releasing a statement after last night’s show, saying: “Judges judge the dancing and the dancing alone, not anything else.”