Hollyoaks cast support Rachel Adedeji after she accuses soap of backstage racism – The Sun

THE Hollyoaks casts has thrown their support behind Rachel Adedeji after she accused the soap of backstage racism.

The 28-year-old actress plays Lisa Loveday in the Channel 4 soap and took to her social media on Friday to condemn the show for its response to the Black Lives Matter movement.

Rachel called it “performative and disingenuous” before listing the show's shortcomings and said “systematic changes must be put into practice.”

Her comments have lead the show to launch an investigation, and now a number of Rachel's co-stars have come out in support.

Karl Collins, who plays her on-screen father Louis Loveday, wrote in response: "Well….. it will come as no surprise that I love this woman who I affectionately call ‘darta!’

"I am so proud of her bravery! #speakyourtruth @RachelASongs #noliestold #BlackLivesMatterUK #BlackLivesMatter."

Ross Adams – who plays Scott Drinkwell – added: "Sending you love, respect and solidarity. I commit to doing better, to educate myself and to stand by anyone facing discrimination anywhere."

Meanwhile Nadine Mulkerrin, who plays Cleo McQueen, simply wrote: "I love you darling"

Simone Loveday actress Jacqueline Boatswain Simone Loveday added: ‘The truth will set you free!!! Speak on it!"

The soap has issued a statement saying: "Hollyoaks has zero tolerance on racism. We are taking Rachel Adedeji's comments extremely seriously and are investigating."

Posting to her Instagram Stories and Twitter last night, Rachel condemned the show, writing: “I am disappointed with Hollyoaks’ approach to showing solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement yesterday.

“Did Black Lives Matter when I was told “You’re all the same” by a make up artist you employed, and remains in employment til this day?”

The former X Factor contestant was responding to a video posted by the show which involved her on screen aunt Kelle Bryan.

Rachel went on to detail some of the list problems at her workplace – including the lack of diversity in the directing team and shocking slurs from a senior member of production.

She said: “Did Black Lives Matter when a number of female black actors were forced to drastically change their hair, because if not, the viewers ‘would not be able to tell them apart.’?”

Rachel continued: “Do Black Lives really matter to you if over the last four years at Hollyoaks, I have only worked with one black director?”

Suggesting this was just scratching the surface, Rachel added: “Honestly, the list goes on.

“Having a black cast member speak on behalf of Hollyoaks to show that the work is being done is not as progessive as they think. As a matter of fact, very little is being done behind the scenes.”

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