Fans of EastEnders took to Twitter last night to object to the ‘racist’ stereotypes brought up by Muslim character Shabnam Masood.
In last night’s episode, Shabnam was trying to protest that Nancy Carter (Maddy Hill) isn’t the right woman for her brother Tamwar (played by Himesh Patel).
Shabnam claimed that the reason Masood’s relationships with Carol Jackson and Jane Beale failed was due to racial and religious differences. Shabnam also claimed that ‘white women’ treat men in a certain way.
Fans took to Twitter to disapprove of Shabnam’s remarks:
— thaliea44 (@thaliea44) April 14, 2015
#EastEnders just massively segregated 'white' and 'Muslim' as if a white person can't be a Muslim… Tut tut tut
— Tom Shires (@tomshires1987) April 14, 2015
Why's it OK for a Muslim to disapprove of their son being with a white girl when it'd be racist if it was the other way round? #EastEnders
— Joe Gambardella (@Joe_Gambardella) April 14, 2015
How racist is #Eastenders tonight? or is it allowed to be racist against White people?
— Briony (@brionybragg) April 14, 2015
This, however, isn’t the first time Shabnam has caused controversy. When she made her return to Albert Square last year, she told Masood it wasn’t right he was with a white woman (Carol).
EastEnders responded to the complaints last year, saying: “EastEnders has a rich history of tackling social issues. The show does not advocate racism or intolerance in any way; in fact it seeks to challenge these negative views.”