Misha B has been a fixture in the headlines of late after speaking up and out about the harrowing racial bias she says she experienced during her tenure on The X Factor UK.
As reported, the talented songbird shared how her wings were clipped after being labelled a “bully” on live television by judges Tulisa Contostavlos and Louis Walsh. A move fellow judge Gary Barlow shockingly revealed was encouraged by producers.
Having revealed that the dramas in front of the camera and behind it left her feeling suicidal, the show has issued a response.
In a new statement, reps for The X Factor said:
“We are currently looking into this matter and are reaching out to Misha to discuss the important issues she has raised.
The welfare of contestants is our priority and we are committed to diversity and equality.”
The comments come amidst a global race debate and heightened scrutiny of reality shows in general.
As relates to the latter: in the UK, there’s an on-going debate about contestant aftercare in the wake of multiple suicides on shows such as ‘Love Island.’ While, in the US, Gabrielle Union notably made allegations of racial and gender bias during her time as a judge on ‘America’s Got Talent.’