Jamelia's doll diversity TV plea sparks race row

Jennifer Read-Dominguez
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From Digital Spy

Jamelia has found herself at the centre of a race row, after appearing on This Morning to talk about the lack of ethnically diverse dolls available for children.

On Wednesday's show (May 3), the singer-turned-TV-personality took on the toy industry, speaking to to two black families who feel under-represented by the industry, and who added they found it hard to find dolls that looked like their their daughters.

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"It's extremely hard. I've spent years searching," one mother explained.

"It's self-representation, if you see yourself then you're part of the world."

Photo credit: ITV

But many viewers slammed the mum-of-two, claiming that she's creating "issues that don't exist".

Taking to Twitter, one ITV viewer wrote: "I think she's just trying to make issues where there aren't any!!!!!" while someone else said: "So enraged by Jamelia. Banging on about issues that don't exist. You don't hear me complaining that no dolls are ginger. #thismorning".

Another added: "Moana, Pocahontas, princess Tiana, princess Jasmin there's a few off the top of my head.... there are many varities [sic] of coloured dolls!"

One viewer even accused Jamelia herself of being "casually racist on This Morning," but plenty of others praised her, saying the feature was not racist and stressing representation as an issue that's "so important".

"Keep speaking up. When people are not affected, they don't see a problem. But there is," one person wrote, with another adding: "Good on you @Jamelia, it is not racist to raise this genuine issue. It's those complaining that are showing serious hypocrisy."

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It comes after Jamelia claimed that a fellow train commuter challenged her over first class seats purely for being young and black.

The star later posted a picture of her daughter enjoying a coffee in a first class seat on the train, and added the caption: "This is earlier...but hella appropriate."

She also previously spoke of being racially abused by a man she initially thought was a police officer over a parking incident. She recalled the experience on Facebook, and a police investigation was launched.

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From Digital Spy

Jamelia has found herself at the centre of a race row, after appearing on This Morning to talk about the lack of ethnically diverse dolls available for children.

On Wednesday's show (May 3), the singer-turned-TV-personality took on the toy industry, speaking to to two black families who feel under-represented by the industry, and who added they found it hard to find dolls that looked like their their daughters.

Photo credit: ITV

"It's extremely hard. I've spent years searching," one mother explained.

"It's self-representation, if you see yourself then you're part of the world."

Photo credit: ITV

But many viewers slammed the mum-of-two, claiming that she's creating "issues that don't exist".

Taking to Twitter, one ITV viewer wrote: "I think she's just trying to make issues where there aren't any!!!!!" while someone else said: "So enraged by Jamelia. Banging on about issues that don't exist. You don't hear me complaining that no dolls are ginger. #thismorning".

Another added: "Moana, Pocahontas, princess Tiana, princess Jasmin there's a few off the top of my head.... there are many varities [sic] of coloured dolls!"

One viewer even accused Jamelia herself of being "casually racist on This Morning," but plenty of others praised her, saying the feature was not racist and stressing representation as an issue that's "so important".

"Keep speaking up. When people are not affected, they don't see a problem. But there is," one person wrote, with another adding: "Good on you @Jamelia, it is not racist to raise this genuine issue. It's those complaining that are showing serious hypocrisy."

Photo credit: ITV/Ken McKay / Rex Shutterstock

It comes after Jamelia claimed that a fellow train commuter challenged her over first class seats purely for being young and black.

The star later posted a picture of her daughter enjoying a coffee in a first class seat on the train, and added the caption: "This is earlier...but hella appropriate."

She also previously spoke of being racially abused by a man she initially thought was a police officer over a parking incident. She recalled the experience on Facebook, and a police investigation was launched.

Want up-to-the-minute entertainment news and features? Just hit 'Like' on our Digital Spy Facebook page and 'Follow' on our @digitalspy Twitter account and you're all set.

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