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Hollyoaks launch investigation after Rachel Adedeji accuses soap of racism

Hollyoaks have launched an investigation after actress Rachel Adedeji branded their Black Lives Matter response “disappointing”.

The 28-year-old actress, who plays Lisa Loveday on the soap, posted a statement on Twitter yesterday about the racism she has faced while working on the Channel 4 programme.

Former X Factor star Rachel insisted that Hollyoaks’ response to the anti-racism campaign, which featured co-star Kelle Bryant, was “not progressive”.

The Channel 4 programme have made a statement on Twitter after Rachel’s online statement, saying: “Hollyoaks has zero tolerance on racism. We are taking Rachel Adedeji’s comments extremely seriously and are investigating.”

Rachel spoke out and accused the soap of racism
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A Hollyoaks spokesperson told Daily Star Online: “We are really concerned to read Rachel’s comments on social media about Hollyoaks. We will be in touch with Rachel directly.”

Rachel posted a statement to her Instagram and Twitter last night, calling out the Channel 4 programme in a lengthy statement.

She said: “I am disappointed with Hollyoaks’ approach to showing solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement yesterday.

“Did Black Lives Matter when I was told ‘You’re all the same’ by a make up artist you employed, and remains in employment til this day?

The actress made a statement online yesterday condemning the soap’s Black Lives Matter response
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“Did Black Lives Matter when a number of female black actors were forced to drastically change their hair, because if not, the viewers “would not be able to tell them apart.”?

“Do Black Lives really matter to you if over the last four years at Hollyoaks, I have only worked with one black director?

“Honestly, the list goes on.”

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Hollyoaks released a statement after Rachel accused the soap of racism
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Rachel continued: “Having a black cast member speak on behalf of Hollyoaks to show that the work is being done is not as progressive as they think. As a matter of fact, very little is being done behind the scenes.

“Putting out a podcast on racism and asking your black cast members to teach you how to tackle these issues is the bare minimum. THINK. DO BETTER.

“I hope Hollyoaks delivers the same energy when #BlackLivesMatter is no longer trending.”

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