Chris O’Dowd About X-Factor: “The Viewing Public Is So Racist”

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Chris O’Dowd tried to stand up against discrimination, but wanting his efforts to be noticed he attacked the most popular British TV show, The X Factor. The Irish actor stated that black contestants are facing discrimination on the show, and consequently caused several controversies.

He stated that he’s a passionate fan of the show, but he’s also completely sure that discrimination is a big part of the deciding process. According to Chris, many ambitious contestants are kicked out early just because of their skin colour. However, he’s not accusing the judges, but the voting public.

He said, during an interview with magazine Radio Times, “I’m a big X Factor fan. Generally my favourites go out in the first few weeks and, of course, because the viewing public is so racist, all the black, strong singers go out in round five every year.”

Although his comments caused a storm of responses and ignited a fierce debate on Twitter, he got some backup. A number of racial equality campaigners stood by him. Probably the most notable was Simon Woolley, the director of Operation Black Vote, who told The Independent, “Whether it’s in the arts or business we need a sensible debate if we are to unpick and deal with some deep seated prejudice especially when it simply ignores talent.”

It seems Chris actually got his point noticed when he caused such a big social media stir. Well, good on you Chris.

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