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Craig David compares ‘racist’ Bo Selecta to being bullied at school




Craig David hit out at Keith Lemon again about the show (Image: David Fisher/Shutterstock)

Craig David slammed Keith Lemon for his ‘racist’ portrayal of him in Bo’ Selecta!

The 41-year-old has repeatedly criticized the 49-year-old comedian, whose real name is Leigh Francis, over the past 20 years in reference to the Channel 4 sketch showwhich aired between 2002 and 2009.

On the show, Keith used blackface to portray Craig and other celebrities including Mel B and Trisha Godard.

In conversation with Leah Palmieri on Spotify: Microphone Check Podcast: ‘[Bo’ Selecta!] kind of came at a fun time, it was a comedy show, it was ridiculous to be honest. I’m quite grateful it wasn’t translated abroad, it was fairly UK based.

“Because Britain was like home to me, it hit me. At the time I didn’t really know how to react to that. This is home, this is my song, why is this coming at me?’

In the show, which borrowed its name from Craig and Artful Dodger’s hit song Re-Rewind (The Crowd Say Bo Selecta), Keith played famed stalker Avid Merrion, while also doing star impressions while wearing latex face masks, and the singer was portrayed as a selfish Yorkshireman with a plastic peregrine falcon named Kes.

Keith famously went black to impersonate Craig David (Image: Channel 4)
Keith apologized but has since urged Craig to stop talking about it (Image: Dave Benett/Getty Images)

The 7 Days singer added: “It reminded me a lot of the days at my school growing up when I was bullied, not for long periods of time but just the experience of the bullying.

“Once you’ve experienced it, it’s like a trauma that sticks in your memory. Even then, when the teacher is there, you kind of lean into that “everything’s fine” and it’s a smile and the guy holds you, he grabs you like “if you say something, it won’t just be here, it will be at the school gates”.

“And again I felt like there was constant ridicule and bullying on national TV. The fact that he was wearing a black rubber mask, I mean, that throws up the whole blackface thing, which just wouldn’t be acceptable right now.’

He explained that he had to “escape” after the show aired, which led to him moving to Miami.

The 7 Days singer relocated to Malibu as an escape (Picture: Getty Images)

“It was unfortunate that it became so popular, but it is what it is. At that time, I felt like I had to find an escape. A lot of people don’t realize that moving to Miami was actually a form of escape,” he said.

“I figured I can’t really walk down the street without this thing, not just on TV but following me around, so I went to Miami to escape. It was really a healing that I needed.’

The comedian had apologized two years ago when discussions about racism intensified during the Black Lives Matter movement, saying at the time: “In 2002 I did a show called Bo’ Selecta! I have portrayed many black people.

“I didn’t think about it at the time, people didn’t say anything – I’m not going to blame other people. I’ve spoken to a few people. I didn’t realize how offensive it was back then.

“I just want to apologize, I just want to apologize for any uproar I’ve caused, whether I was Michael Jackson, Craig David, Trisha Goddard, all people I’m a huge fan of. I guess we’re all on a learning journey.”

However, last year Craig addressed the video and admitted it was him didn’t think the apology was genuine.

“We can all apologize if we’re on the backfoot. The moment he expressed his apology seemed very random,” he said said the Times in October. “Did he reach out to any of the people he did on his show?

“He hasn’t contacted me. Has he gone to churches to speak out about bullying? Racism? And get educated? You can only ask him.”

The following month, Keith addressed Craig’s comments and urged him to do so “Stop talking about the controversy”..

‘Most people are bo’ with their performance’ Selecta! satisfied. Except for someone we know who wasn’t,’ he said said the sun. “The only way it’s ever going to go away from him, if he feels like people are talking about it, is to stop talking about it.”

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Apple reportedly plans to bid for English Premier League streaming rights




Once again Apple has been rumored to be bidding for the streaming rights of English Premier League football as the Cupertino firm plans to expand its sports offering. This time, Bloomberg reports that Apple wants the rights to stream the Premier League and other lower division games in the UK.

earlier the Daily Mail said that Apple unveiled the documentary The War of Footballwhich is about the European Super League was a way for the company to show that it has “dipped its toe in the Premier League market”.

However, the league is still in the middle of its three-year deal with Sky Sports and BT Sport, which expires in 2025. AppleTVPlus and other providers could start bidding for the Premier League rights later this year.

Sky Sports has had the rights to this league since 1992 and it would mark an important paradigm shift if Apple can seal the deal for 2026. With Major League Soccer, Apple TV Plus will offer subscribers the ability to watch the games in all regions, with streaming available.

As previously reported by Reported Mediasthat was one of the reasons why Apple pulled out of the NFL Sunday Dealas it could not stream the games internationally and could not access in-market games.

For Major League Soccer, on the other hand, Apple and the league will collaborate on marketing as the Apple TV logo will appear on every MLS team jersey alongside international availability. The season pass will be available to subscribers from next month and could give a hint of what Apple would offer to the Premier League deal.

Aside from that, Apple has also been streaming Friday Night Baseball since 2022, featuring games from the Major Baseball League. The games are available at no additional cost to Apple TV Plus subscribers and The new season will continue next month.

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Chapter 4’ Hits Rotten Tomatoes With Franchise-High Score




Action movie fans have a treat in store this month as the highly anticipated fourth installment of the John Wick Franchise is set to hit theaters. With Keanu Reeves, John Wick: Chapter 4 has already won the hearts of critics as it currently holds an impressive 94% rating on popular movie review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes.

According to the Critics’ Consensus on Rotten Tomatoes: “John Wick: Chapter 4 piles on more of everything – and suggests there can never be too much when it comes to a well-dressed Keanu Reeves taking down enemies in deadly balletic style.” The statement perfectly sums up what fans of the series have come to expect from the John Wick Series.

John Wick is a hugely successful action franchise that has garnered the attention and admiration of audiences worldwide. The films revolve around the character of John Wick, a retired hitman who is forced to return to his old life when he is targeted by a group of ruthless assassins. They are known for their intense action sequences, stunning cinematography and a powerful performance by Keanu Reeves.

Chapter 4 is the first non-penned film in the Lionsgate franchise John Wick Creator Derek Kolstad, with Shay Hatten and Michael Finch handling writing duties for the project. The production of the film already started in June 2021 Main photography packaging in October of the same year. Filming took place in Europe, Japan and New York.

Keanu Reeves and other John Wick cast members recently joined the cast of the spin-off film ballerina. The project is led by underworld And Live free or die hard Helmer Len Wiseman, starring Ana de Armas.

While ballerina has no release date yet, John Wick: Chapter 4 is currently scheduled to hit theaters on March 24, 2023. Reeves and McShane direct the film Chapter 4 Cast also includes Donnie Yen, Bill Skarsgård, Laurence Fishburne, Lance Reddick, Clancy Brown, Marko Zaror, Scott Adkins, Hiroyuki Sanada, Shamier Anderson and Rina Sawayama.

In addition to ballerina And John Wick: Chapter 4Lionsgate is also working on The Continental, a spin-off series exploring the origins of Ian McShane’s Winston Scott. Colin Woodell plays Winston, with a supporting cast that includes Ayomide Adegun, Peter Greene, Mel Gibson, Ben Robson, Hubert Point-Du Jour, Jessica Allain, Mishel Prada and Nhung Kate. The series premieres on Peacock in 2023.

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