Quebec reality stars and production team apologize after racial slurs aired
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 any more. I promise not to use it any more.”
Also on the Facebook page was a statement from Julie Snyder, a producer of the show.
“Although they were not ill-intentioned, they now understand that some expressions are racist, so to ban (them from) their vocabulary. These words don’t belong in a TV show, not more than in the private sphere.”
The statement also said that the production team is ensuring that a similar situation does not happen again.