Catherine Tate is facing calls to be fired from her Eurovision role after fans claimed a 17-year-old sketch of hers was “racist”. The comedian is set to deliver the results of the country’s national jury live from Liverpool on 13 May. However, sensitive viewers have demanded that the 53-year-old be removed from the role.
The controversy stems from a comedy sketch on “The Catherine Tate Show” from 2006, in which the actor parodied Britons’ inability to speak other languages. In the sketch titled “The Offensive Translator,” Tate pretended to speak various languages but instead spoke English with stereotypical accents for each country, falsely claiming to speak the respective language.
While some viewers jokingly suggested that Tate should perform the sketch when announcing the Eurovision results, others have criticized it as racist. They argue that mimicking accents, particularly when a white person mimics a non-white accent, is a form of racism. Some fans have even suggested that Tate would be fired if she were to perform such an act today.
However, there have been voices defending the sketch, highlighting that it was intended to poke fun at the British people’s struggle to learn foreign languages rather than to be racist. They argue that British humor often involves self-deprecating jokes and that people should not be overly sensitive or quick to take offense.
The controversy has sparked debates among Eurovision fans, with some expressing frustration at the growing trend of scrutinizing comedy and the perceived decline of comedy in society. Others believe that it is important to address issues of cultural sensitivity and avoid perpetuating stereotypes.
As the discussion continues, it remains to be seen whether the calls for Catherine Tate’s removal from her Eurovision role will have any impact.