FORMER home secretary Jack Straw has sparked outrage by saying that producers of television talent shows see white girls as easy meat for exploitation.
The Blackburn MP was speaking after vulnerable X Factor contestant Cher Lloyd had a mental breakdown and threw her own excrement at the audience at a recent performance in Hull, following months of mental abuse at the hands of Simon Cowell.
He said there was a “specific problem” where middle-aged, high waist-banded men who run TV talent shows “target vulnerable white girls” to make bucket loads of cash for themselves.
He said: “Because they’re vulnerable they ply them with compliments and say they are ‘relevant’ and ‘current’ and ‘right up my street’, they give them nice clothes, and introduce them to shoddy American rappers, and then of course they’re trapped.
“The next thing these girls know, they are being degraded in the most unspeakable ways.
“Like having their vocal abilities judged by Cheryl Cole and Dannii Minogue on prime time TV on a weekly basis.”
But Ralph Marcus of the Television Producers Union said it was not a problem specific to the industry and it was wrong to stereotype a whole profession.
He said: “I would go as far as to say that exploitation of young women is not a problem in television in general.
“Rather the opposite, it acts as a means for girls to empower themselves.
“For example, the new programme I am currently producing for BBC 3, Teen Mum Island, which sees ten young single mothers going back to basics on an uninhabited Pacific island, spending the whole time in bikinis, with the sun reflecting off their silky smooth skin as they cavort around on the beach splashing each other with water, is very empowering.
“Did I mention that it’s hosted by Fearne Cotton?”
ITV, which produces the X Factor, rejected the politician’s claims, branding them “ridiculous”.
A spokesperson said: “We exploit all young people equally, regardless of gender, race, and sexual orientation.
Meanwhile Straw’s remarks were welcomed, today, by the British National Party, outspoken critics of the mainstream media.
BNP spokesperson Mohammed Saddiq told Seleb Spy: “Mr Straw has simply repeated what we have been saying for years: These television producers come over here and take our jobs and exploit our daughters.
“They should go back to where they came from.
Simon Cowell, who was singled out by Straw for criticism, dismissed the accusations as “rubbish, potentially”.
He said: “I absolutely do not exploit young white girls.
“Do you like my new car, by the way? It has zero carbon emissions.
“It’s powered by Katie Waissel’s tears.”