X Factor’s inverse racism

Emma ChawnerI finally caught up with Saturday’s latest instalment of the nadir of primetime TV, that is The X Factor last night. Something lodged in my brain and was then provoked further after reading Clair’s great piece on her Urban Woo blog.

Now, I know that Emma, the rather large girl who made the headlines of the desperate tabloids, couldn’t sing, but it always amazes me that black people who are ‘larger than the average bear’ are never treated to the same sort of ridicule on these auditions.

Is this because the X Factor producers are terrified that they’ll be had up for racism, or are black people allowed to be big, because they have ‘huge voices’?

I don’t know the answer, do you?

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