Hollyoaks cast supports Rachel Adedeji as she calls out soap

Hollyoaks cast members have thrown their support behind Rachel Adedeji after she called the soap out over ‘racial discrimination’.

The Lisa Loveday actress condemned the show for its response to the Black Lives Matter movement after it shared a video of actress Kelle Bryan (Martine Deveraux).

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

She also said that the show has been asking its black cast members for ideas and help on how to approach Black Lives Matter on a podcast and social media, describing its actions as the ‘bare minimum’.

Following her tweet, numerous cast members have been sending messages of support her way.

Her on-screen father, Karl Collins (Louis Loveday), wrote in response: ‘Well….. it will come as no surprise that I love this woman who I affectionately call ‘darta!’ I am so proud of her bravery! #speakyourtruth @RachelASongs #noliestold #BlackLivesMatterUK #BlackLivesMatter.’

Nadine Mulkerrin (Cleo McQueen) simply told her friend: ‘I love you darling,’ while Jacqueline Boatswain (Simone Loveday) said: ‘The truth will set you free!!! Speak on it!’

Owen Warner (Romeo Quinn) admitted: ‘Recent events have opened my eyes to so much I never noticed before. I promise to be better and stand by anybody experiencing discrimination, especially in the workplace. So brave for speaking out on your experiences Rachel, sending love.’

Fellow soap stars, including EastEnders’ Nitin Ganatra and Emmerdale’s Sandra Marvin, as well of the likes of popstar Jamelia, also supported Rachel.

The soap had shared a video of actress Kelle, who explained that the team had been ‘busy behind the scenes having lots of important conversations’, and added that they’ll be ‘kickstarting with a podcast all about racism’.

Rachel wrote in response: ‘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?

‘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”? ‘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?

‘Working at Hollyoaks is mostly positive, but the experiences I have encountered are a constant reminder of how difficult it is being a black woman in the industry. I am no longer standing for it.

‘Putting out a podcast on racism and asking your black members to teach you how to tackle racism is the bare minimum. THINK. DO BETTER. I hope Hollyoaks delivers the same energy when #BlackLivesMatter is no longer trending.’

Rachel’s post came after a former writer Matthew Morgan tweeted: ‘Working on HOLLYOAKS was so damaging. I was the only Black person on a writing / story staff of 60 and left after one episode after being treated terribly. Different to any of my colleagues. Wrote a complaint but they apologised to my agent rather than direct to me.’

A spokesperson for Hollyoaks told Metro.co.uk: ‘We are really concerned to read Rachel’s comments on social media about Hollyoaks this evening. We will be in touch with Rachel directly.’

Metro.co.uk has contacted Hollyoaks for further comment.

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