Re­al­ity TV stars apol­o­gize for slurs

En­ter­tain­ment Cast on Que­bec show com­pare them­selves to Black slaves

Metro Canada (Calgary) - - ENTERTAINMENT - TorSTAr NeWS Ser­ViCe

Two re­al­ity tele­vi­sion stars and a pro­duc­tion team are apol­o­giz­ing after racial slurs were aired on a pop­u­lar Que­bec show ear­lier this week.

Oc­cu­pa­tion Dou­ble, a Big Brother-like re­al­ity show, ear­lier this week aired cast mem­bers Élodie and Joanie wash­ing dishes and com­plet­ing house­hold chores while com­par­ing them­selves in French to “slaves” and say­ing “we are not n-----,” us­ing the rough French equiv­a­lent of the N-word.

View­ers took to so­cial me­dia call­ing for a public apol­ogy and for the pair to be kicked off the show.

A pe­ti­tion was also cir­cu­lated that re­ceived over 16,000 sig­na­tures.

On Tues­day an apol­ogy video of Élodie and Joanie was posted on Oc­cu­pa­tion Dou­ble’s of­fi­cial Face­book page. Both said they were un­aware that their lan­guage was of­fen­sive.

“We were in­formed by the pro­duc­tion that there were state­ments that had been made that might have been of­fen­sive, and it was so far from our in­ten­tions,” said Joanie.

“For my part, I used an ex­pres­sion that has long been used in Que­bec so­ci­ety and is still used to­day. As soon as I take a sec­ond to think of the ori­gin of this ex­pres­sion, I re­al­ize how dis­gust­ing it is. I should not use it any­more. I prom­ise not to use it any­more.”

Also on the Face­book page was a state­ment from Julie Sny­der, a pro­ducer of the show.

“Although they were not illinten­tioned, they now un­der­stand that some ex­pres­sions are racist, so to ban (them from) their vo­cab­u­lary.”

The state­ment also said that the pro­duc­tion team is en­sur­ing that a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion does not hap­pen again.


Élodie, left, and Joanie apol­o­gized in a video posted to Oc­cu­pa­tion Dou­ble’s of­fi­cial Face­book page on Tues­day.

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