Yorkshire residents accuse BBC producers of ‘erasing Asian faces’ from The Moorside

Yorkshire residents accuse BBC producers of ‘erasing Asian faces’ from The Moorside

Yorkshire residents accuse BBC producers of ‘erasing Asian faces’ from The Moorside

by March 9, 2017 0 comments

The BBC drama about the disappearance of Shannon Matthews –  ‘The Moorside’ ignores the true multicultural effort to find the missing nine-year-old, community leaders have said.

Councillors and a journalist who covered the search for Shannon have told The Huffington Post UK of the scale of the response from Dewsbury’s Asian population, prompting concerns about their portrayal in the new BBC drama.

 How the BBC drama ‘The Moorside’ portrayed the banner walk in the programme’s first episode


How the BBC drama ‘The Moorside’ portrayed the banner walk in the programme’s first episode

Mumtaz Hussain, a local councillor in the West Yorkshire town, said that despite the huge effort on the part of Asian people there, the programme doesn’t include many Asian faces.

“The Asian community played a big part and a lot of Asian people were working in this group,” he said. “But when they showed the drama there were hardly any Asian people in it.”

“They could have made it more diverse. At the end of the day, with the information the BBC have, they never contacted me,” he added.

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Local Labour councillor Mumtaz Hussain pictured holding a banner in the search for Shannon. He said nobody was involved in the search for publicity

Hussain, who worked to find Shannon in 2008 and appears prominently in archive press photographs and footage of the iconic banner walk through Dewsbury, said that the BBC must have known what that scene looked like.

“When we were holding the banner and walking with the banner, they must have had all this footage,” he said. “They must have known.”

In the first episode of ‘The Moorside’ which aired last week, just two non-white actors appear in the banner walk scene as background artists.

Read full article here –Huffington Post