‘I felt angry, sad and ashamed’: Ronnie’ Gurlaine Kaur Garcha reveals she was left in tears after being subjected to a barrage of racial abuse
Gurlaine Kaur Garcha was left “angry, sad and ashamed” after being subjected to a barrage of racial abuse.
The EastEnders actress, who plays Ash Panesar on the soap, admitted that the shocking incident “came out of nowhere” and left her in tears, feeling “embarrassed” at not being able to put the nameless woman’s tirade away. to brush and just forget about it.
Sharing a candid post on Instagram on Monday alongside an image with a ‘say no to racism’ caption, the star, 27, revealed: ‘Yesterday I was the victim of verbal racial abuse.
‘I felt angry, sad and ashamed’: Ronnie’ Gurlaine Kaur Garcha was left in tears after being subjected to a barrage of racial abuse on Monday (pictured on soap)
“It came out of nowhere, I didn’t expect it, and while I know racism exists and I can always be a victim of it, it was deeply shocking.
“In a totally unprovoked attack, I was told by a woman to go back home, return to where I came from, and stay there.
“The first shock was that someone felt so comfortable saying this to me in public, not once, but several times. it made me angry, sad and ashamed.
“It upset me, and the upset made me feel weak. I was ashamed that I couldn’t just brush it off and get on with my day. What followed were tears of sadness and frustration.
Candid: Gurlaine admitted the shocking incident ‘came out of nowhere’ and made her feel ’embarrassed’ for not being able to ‘wipe off’ the nameless woman’s tirade
“How can someone say something racially driven and then walk away? Then why do I have to deal with all the feelings that come with it?
“Why do I have to tell myself to stay calm and not take revenge? And why do I have to be the one to cry? It seems so unfair that I am judged by the color of my skin. ‘
Gurlaine explained that she was particularly upset because she knows that racism will continue for years to come.
Struggle: Sharing a candid post on Instagram on Monday alongside an image with a ‘say no to racism’ caption, she said: “It upset me, and upset made me feel weak”
She continued: “My thoughts and feelings of dread were not just about that moment, but about a future where my children, cousins, and cousins will face the same discrimination and hatred. My heart is sinking so low I know this isn’t the last time I’ll experience something like this.’
The 27-year-old star was not about to talk about what happened to her, but hopes that by speaking out she can help others who have been victims of similar verbal attacks.
She added: “At first I wasn’t going to say anything, but when I woke up this morning feeling burdened with the same sadness from the day before, I realized that speaking out can help someone who has the same thing.” experienced, and make them realize that they are not alone.
When will racism end? I am proud to be British. I am proud that my grandparents were born in Punjab.
‘I am proud that my parents were born in Kenya. And I am proud to be Sikh. I celebrate all these things. I wish others would too.’
Gurlaine has been playing Ash in EastEnders since 2019, she was introduced as Iqra Ahmed’s bisexual Sikh girlfriend.
Role: Gurlaine plays Ash in EastEnders since 2019, she was introduced as Iqra Ahmed’s (Priya Davdra, right) bisexual Sikh girlfriend