Hollyoaks star slams show for response to Black Lives Matter: 'Do Better'

Hollyoaks star Rachel Adedeji has condemned the show for its response to the Black Lives Matter movement, by claiming they need to do better themselves rather than sharing a video of one black cast member at a time when black people are so scared and upset.

The star, who plays Lisa Loveday in the soap, was responding to a video posted by the show which involved her on screen aunt Kelle Bryan.

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

She also says that the show has been asking its black cast members for ideas and help on how to approach Black Lives Matter on podcast and social media.

The actress and singer tweeted: ‘I am disappointed with Hollyoaks’ approach with showing solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement yesterday. Did black lives matter when I was told “you’re all the same” via a make up artist you employed and remains in employment to this day?

‘Do Black Lives Matter when my fellow black castmates are deemed “angry, aggressive and too vocal?”

‘Did Black Lives Matter when referred to as “bl*****s” by a senior member of the production team’?

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

‘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.

Metro.co.uk has reached out to Hollyoaks for comment and is awaiting response.

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