Hollyoaks’ Rachel Adedeji accuses soap of racism backstage and says Black Lives Matter coverage is ‘disingenuous’ – The Sun

HOLLYOAKS actress Rachel Adedeji has slammed the soap over its ‘disappointing’ stance on the Black Lives Matter movement.

The star called the Channel 4 soap’s response “performative and disingenuous” and said “systematic changes must be put into practice.”

Posting to her Instagram Stories and Twitter, Rachel, 28, 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, who plays Lisa Loveday in the soap, 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.”

The mum-of-one finished her passionate statement by writing: “Putting out a podcast on racism and asking your black cast members to teach you how to tackle these issues is the bare minimum.

“I hope Hollyoaks delivers the same energy when #BlackLivesMatter is no longer trending.”

When asked by The Sun Online for a comment on Rachel's post, a spokesperson for the soap said: “We are really concerned to read Rachel’s comments on social media about Hollyoaks this evening. We will be in touch with Rachel directly.”

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