Trisha Goddard accepted Leigh Francis’ tearful apology after her racist portrayal of her on her show Noughties Bo ‘Selecta!
Television icon, 62, revealed she received a personal message from Celebrity Juice star, 47, just days after breaking up on Instagram amid the Black Lives Matter movement, in which he lamented its inclusion of black characters.
The Channel 4 series, which aired between 2002 and 2006, featured Francis depicting a series of celebrities; including Michael Jackson, Craig David and Trisha wearing facial masks to pretend to be them.
Shocking: Trisha Goddard accepted Leigh Francis’ tearful apology after her racist portrayal of her on her show Noughties Bo ‘Selecta! (Trisha, photographed last month)
Last week, Keith Lemon star Leigh revealed that he had a “trash” day, hours after he apologized for his “offensive” Bo ‘Selecta! characters he depicted using the black side.
Thursday night he went to Instagram to say he was “deeply sorry” for the way he stole the identity of stars like Michael Jackson and Craig David in the series.
Trisha then told the Sun that the show left her with “pain, disgust and disgust” when her children Madison, 27, and Billie, 30, whom she shares with former Mark Greive, were intimidated about the show and its image of their mother.
She said, “This has encouraged a lot of occasional racism towards myself and towards others that you have parodied with big lips and nose. It would be a very powerful gesture for you to recognize the role you played in perpetuating the dark side.
Heartache: The 62-year-old television icon revealed that she received a personal message from the Celebrity Juice star, 47, just days after her Instagram outage in the middle of the Black Lives Matter movement, in which he lamented his inclusion of black characters (Leigh, photo last week)
What does it look like? He went to Instagram Thursday night to say that he was “deeply sorry” for the way he impersonated stars like Michael Jackson and Craig David in the series.
She has now accepted her apology, while Billie thanked Leigh and said his statement and said, “It was 100% the right thing to do.”
Leigh sent a private apology to Trisha and in a moving Instagram video, she said, “I didn’t know how offensive it was. I just want to say sorry for all the upheaval that I caused, that I am Michael Jackson, Craig David, Trisha Goddard.
In light of the awareness of the Black Lives Matters movement, Leigh admitted in tears that it had prompted him to rethink and said that he “just didn’t realize how offensive he was.” the time “.
Protective: Trisha went on to tell the Sun that the show had left her with “pain, disgust and disgust” when her kids Madison, 27, and Billie, 30, were bullied over the show and image of their mother (Madison, 27, and Billie, 30, photographed in 2006)
Leigh captioned the message, “I want to apologize to anyone who has been offended by Bo’selecta. I am on a constant journey of knowledge and just wanted to say that I am deeply sorry. #blacklivesmatter «
In the video, the host for Celebrity Juice said, “My name is Leigh Francis. I play a character called Keith Lemon on TV. It’s been a few odd days, I sat down and thought about things and what I could post to help things.
“In 2002, I did a show called Bo‘ Selecta, I portrayed many black people. At the time, I didn’t think about it, people said nothing – I’m not going to blame others.
Noughties show: The series starred Francis depicting a series of celebrities; including Michael Jackson (photo)
“I have spoken to some people. I didn’t know how offensive it was back then.
“I just want to apologize, I just want to say sorry for all the upset I caused if I was Michael Jackson, Craig David, Trisha Goddard, everyone I’m a big fan of. I guess we’re all on a learning journey.
Leigh was among the 25 million people who participated in Blackout Tuesday on social media for the Black Lives Matter movement, after the senseless death of George Floyd.
Characterization: Leigh portrayed a series of stars as well as the main non-celebrity character, Avid Merrion
George, 46, an African American man, died on May 25 after a white policeman knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes in Minneapolis. His death sparked days of protests across the country over police brutality against African Americans.
Minneapolis police accused of killing Floyd Derek Chauvin were arrested on Friday and charged with second degree murder, officials said.
Black Lives Matter, which was first founded in 2013 following the acquittal of George Zimmerman and which was nationally recognized for its involvement in the Ferguson protests in 2014, was galvanized once again after Floyd’s death.
Great loss: move comes after death of African-American George Floyd, 46, last week, who died after Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin knelt on the neck for several minutes before dying of suffocation