ITV Suspends Midsomer Murders Creator for Racist Comments

=You wouldn’t normally associate racism with Midsomer Murders, but the two have become linked recently over a series of comments made by the show’s creator, Brian True-May. In an interview with the Radio Times, True-May commented on the show’s noticeable lack of minorities in a way that has aroused a lot of ire, according to Digital Spy.

“We are a cosmopolitan society in this country, but if you watch Midsomer you wouldn’t think so. I’ve never been picked up on that, but quite honestly I wouldn’t want to change it.”

“Well, we just don’t have ethnic minorities involved. Because it wouldn’t be the English village with them. It just wouldn’t work. Suddenly we might be in Slough. Ironically, Causton (the town in the series) is supposed to be Slough. And if you went to Slough you wouldn’t see a white face there.

“We’re the last bastion of Englishness and I want to keep it that way.”

Those comments, obviously inflammatory to some, have thrown channel ITV into quite a frenzy — and True-May into a lot of trouble. According to an ITV spokesperson: “We are shocked and appalled at these personal comments by Brian True-May which are absolutely not shared by anyone at ITV. We are in urgent discussions with All3Media, the producer of Midsomer Murders, who have informed us that they have launched an immediate investigation into the matter and have suspended Mr. True-May pending the outcome.”

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