Lenny Henry admits regrets over his appearance on The Black and White Minstrel Show

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News; Sports; Football

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Sir Lenny Henry has told how he was used as a “political football” early on in his showbiz career. The comedian, 56, appeared on The Black and White Minstrel Show in the 70s after winning New Faces. But he now looks back with horror at his involvement in the programme. He said: “I was being used as a political football: the minstrel shows were under fire then for blacking up white people, and it meant they could say, ‘Oh, but we’ve got that black kid from the telly, so it’s all right’.”

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Nicola Methven

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https://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/lenny-henry-admits-regrets-over-6311582

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mirror.co.uk

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