Neighbours actor was removed from the soap's set amid racism controversy

Amy West
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From Digital Spy

Neighbours' Shareena Clanton has claimed that one actor was temporarily removed from the set and encouraged to undergo cultural sensitivity training after repeatedly using a racial slur.

Clanton, who was previously cast as a 'second' Sheila Canning, publicly vowed that she'll "never work" on the soap again and alleged that she experienced "multiple racist traumas" while filming earlier this year.

Now, in an interview with Guardian Australia, the Wentworth star suggested that the show displayed an "unhealthy level of silent complicity" when it comes to "sexist, misogynistic, crass and crude" remarks between cast and crew.

Clanton, who is of Wangatha, Yamatji, Noongar and Gidja descent, said that "the kind of comments" she overheard in January and February "would absolutely [result in] instant dismissal" in other shows.

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Photo credit: Don Arnold - Getty Images

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"But somehow people just continued to get a gentle word spoken to them, or have a polite side word between [the perpetrator] and the person who was offended by what was being said," she added.

Clanton went on to claim that after she called out a fellow actor for using a racial slur, another colleague stood up for them and insisted to Clanton that the term was commonly used in popular culture.

"A staff member then turned to me and told me that I needed to take it somewhere else, because I was making other people uncomfortable," she said, before noting that the actor who used the phrase was eventually removed from the set for a short while, and ordered to attend training.

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Following Clanton's initial accusations, a spokesperson for Neighbours told Digital Spy: "Neighbours strives to be a platform for diversity and inclusion on-screen and off-screen. Our quest is always to continue to grow and develop in this area and we acknowledge that this is an evolving process.

"Shareena's involvement in the creative process and on set was invaluable and hugely educational and will benefit the series moving forward. There have been significant and lengthy discussions with Shareena during her time on Neighbours and we will continue to work with all cast and crew to ensure Neighbours continues to be a fully inclusive environment."

Neighbours declined to comment any further on Clanton's latest claims when contacted by Digital Spy.

Former Neighbours star Meyne Wyatt has since recalled experiencing racism on set while he was starring in the show as Nate Kinski.

Neighbours airs weekdays at 1.45pm and 5.30pm on Channel 5.

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