Neighbours to face an independent review after reports of racism on set

Dan Seddon
·3-min read

From Digital Spy

Neighbours is facing an independent review following allegations of on-set racism.

Shareena Clanton, who appeared on the show recently as a 'second' Sheila Canning, claimed that she experienced "multiple racist traumas" during her time on set.

She also alleged that one actor was temporarily removed from the set and encouraged to undergo cultural sensitivity training after repeatedly using a racial slur, while Nate Kinski actor Meyne Wyatt has also recalled experiencing on-set racism when he starred in the show.

Now, production company Freemantle Media, which produces Neighbours, has ordered an investigation.

Photo credit: Fremantle Media/Shutterstock
Photo credit: Fremantle Media/Shutterstock

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

CEO of Fremantle Asia Pacific, Chris Oliver-Taylor, confirmed in a statement (via The Mirror): "Fremantle is committed to providing an environment where employees and others in the workplace are treated fairly and with respect, and are free from unlawful discrimination, harassment, victimisation and bullying.

"We do not tolerate behaviour that does not align to our Anti-Discrimination, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), Harassment & Bullying Policy and take all complaints very seriously, investigating all allegations fairly and thoroughly.

"We have asked Campfire X, creative leaders in Indigenous Cultural Protocols, to conduct an independent review of Neighbours and the production process."

Photo credit: Don Arnold - Getty Images
Photo credit: Don Arnold - Getty Images

Related: Former Neighbours star Meyne Wyatt reveals he experienced racism on set

A Channel 5 spokesperson went on to add: "Channel 5 condemns racism and takes all allegations of discrimination seriously.

"We work closely alongside all of our production partners to foster inclusive working environments and will work with Fremantle to ensure Neighbours continues to adopt a fully inclusive and diverse working environment for all cast and crew."

Digital Spy has reached out for any further comment.

Writing in her Instagram post earlier this week, Clanton vowed that she will "never work" on the soap again, and added that it was "lonely and triggering to work in such a culturally unsafe space".

Photo credit: Instagram
Photo credit: Instagram

She also said she was "ostracised and further marginalised" when she raised issues with several individuals' conduct.

Following Clanton's 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 airs weekdays at 1.45pm and 5.30pm on Channel 5 (UK) and 6.30pm on 10 Peach (Australia).

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