…By Henry George for TDPel Media.
Adjoa Andoh’s Comment on Buckingham Palace Balcony Being “Terribly White” Becomes Most Complained Moment of 2023 So Far
Adjoa Andoh, known for her role as Lady Agatha Danbury in Netflix’s Bridgerton, made a televised comment during ITV’s live coverage of the coronation celebrations that has sparked over 4,000 complaints, according to UK regulator Ofcom.
The actress, 60, commented on the lack of diversity on the Buckingham Palace balcony, saying, “Looking at all those young people, there is a bit of me that has gone from the rich diversity of the Abbey to the terribly white balcony. I’m very struck by that.”
This remark, made during the moment when Charles and Camilla appeared on the balcony with their family, has received backlash from viewers, prompting Andoh to later appear on BBC Radio 4 to clarify and apologise for her comment.
Andoh Apologises for Comment and Acknowledges Backlash
Appearing on BBC Radio 4, Andoh acknowledged the backlash she received as a guest pundit during the coronation celebrations.
She explained that her comment was not meant to offend anyone and that it was made in the context of the day’s mixed diversity.
She told host Paddy O’Connell, “I was talking about the day and how marvellous it was and then looking at the balcony at the end and suddenly went, ‘Oh, it’s so white’ because the day had been so, so mixed and I didn’t mean to upset anybody.”
Ofcom Assesses Complaints Against Broadcasting Rules
Ofcom has confirmed that they are assessing the 4,165 complaints received about Andoh’s comment to determine if an investigation is warranted.
The spokesperson for the UK regulator said, “We are assessing the complaints against our broadcasting rules before deciding whether or not to investigate.”
High Viewership for King’s Coronation Service
According to overnight ratings from research organisation Barb, the King’s coronation service at Westminster Abbey was watched by 18.8 million viewers across 11 channels and services in the UK.
Analysis and Commentaries
The incident involving Adjoa Andoh’s comment about the Buckingham Palace balcony has sparked conversations about diversity and representation in media coverage of royal events.
While some have praised Andoh for bringing attention to the issue of underrepresentation, others have criticised her for making the comment during a moment of celebration and unity.
The high number of complaints received by Ofcom highlights the contentious nature of the issue and the need for broadcasters to be mindful of their language and messaging during live events.
It also underscores the power of social media and public opinion in shaping discourse and holding individuals and organisations accountable for their actions.
The viewership numbers for the King’s coronation service demonstrate the enduring popularity of royal events and the significance of these occasions for the British public.
However, the controversy surrounding Andoh’s comment serves as a reminder that these events must be inclusive and reflective of the diverse communities they represent.