CHERYL IN NEW RACE ROW FURY
POP queen Cheryl has reacted angrily to sacked former L’Oreal transgender model Munroe Bergdorf for dragging her name into the race row which cost her job.
The 34-year-old Fight For This Love hitmaker who is also a L’Oreal ambassador, said she is “disappointed” to be involved in the row, which saw Munroe dropped by the cosmetics giant over her statement that “all white people are racist”.
Following her dismissal, the enraged model stated she should not be sacked given the fact her co-star was not axed for her 2003 row with a toilet attendant, which was deemed racially aggravated at the time, yet the charge was dismissed.
Munroe made the headlines last week after she was fired by L’Oreal Paris for a lengthy Facebook rant in which she fumed: “Honestly I don’t have energy to talk about the racial violence of white people any more. Yes ALL white people.”
She was the first trans woman to appear in a L’Oreal Paris UK campaign when she was cast as part of a diversity initiative. But the cosmetics giant terminated her contract after claiming the model was at odds with their values of “diversity” and “tolerance”.
Following the row, she told the BBC: “I shouldn’t be sacked for calling out racism when I was in a campaign that was meant to be championing diversity.
“Especially when I was speaking about the violence of white people. But they’ve got Cheryl Cole on the campaign and she was convicted for punching a black women in the face.”
A representative for Cheryl said yesterday: ‘More than 14 years ago Cheryl was unanimously acquitted of a charge of racially aggravated assault. She is disappointed to find her name involved in Munroe Bergdorf’s media interview.”
In 2003, Cheryl, then using her name Cheryl Tweedy, was convicted for assault occasioning actual bodily harm, where she was sentenced to 120 hours unpaid community service.