Neighbor Shareena Clanton accuses the show of racism and claims it was ‘lonely and traumatic to work in such a culturally unsafe space’
Neighbor Shareena Clanton has accused the Channel 10 soap of racism and vowed never to work on the program again.
The 30-year-old Aboriginal actress claimed in a lengthy Instagram post on Tuesday that producers fostered a toxic work environment and that the show was a “ culturally unsafe space. ”
Under several complaints, Shareena accused an employee of making rude comments and claimed she heard the N-word twice on set.
Claims: Neighbor actress Shareena Clanton (pictured) accused the show of racism, claiming it was ‘lonely and traumatic to work in such a culturally insecure space’
‘I’m struggling to post anything positive about the months I’ve endured on Neighbors after multiple racist trauma and navigating the ongoing accompaniment of this very problematic show,’ she wrote.
‘It has been lonely, triggering and traumatic to work in such a culturally unsafe space.’
While not naming specific staff members, Shareena listed several “ racist ” and problematic incidents that she apparently witnessed during filming.
She claimed, ‘A. [staff member] thought it was funny and appropriate to laugh openly at the word “cum slut” by a cast member speaking out loud about “cum”, “cum”, “cum” in front of other cast and crew.
‘Insisting on employing a Wurundjeri elder for ongoing cultural safety reasons, such as cultural protocols followed and debriefing, I was told that’ this is not a film production, Shareena ‘and that’ we simply don’t have the budget ‘.
The modest few hundred dollars a week that Aunt and I proposed was in contrast to the thousands of dollars that actors received each pay. I paid aunt directly from my own income to make up for this lack of budget. ‘
Allegations: The 30-year-old Aboriginal actress claimed on Instagram on Tuesday that producers were promoting a toxic work environment and that the show was a ‘culturally unsafe space’
She continued: “A senior staff member openly laughed using the term“ slave driver ”in reference to him“ working hard ”. My management at the time did not help as they endorsed / encouraged this “office banter”. I fired the cop.
Overt and covert levels of racism were widespread, often disguised as ‘jokes’, as one white actress openly calls another colored actress a ‘little monkey.’
Twice I endured the N word being used openly on set and in the green room. The staff even said I should “go elsewhere” if I directly confronted the actor because I was making others “uncomfortable,” she added.
A white actress openly laughed at the racist N-word for just lying about it when questioned by HR. She said that I “misunderstood” what she “laughed” about and that she was laughing at “something else”. That’s a blatant lie. ‘
The retaliation for proclaiming this misconduct and racism has often left me out and further marginalized. What was meant to have HR monitored and discussed led them to say they were unsure “what else they could do”. ‘
Allegations: Under several complaints, Shareena accused an employee of making rude comments and claimed she heard the N word twice on set
Shareena’s guest appearance on Neighbors airs next week.
A Freemantle spokesperson said TV Blackbox: ‘Neighbors strives to be a platform for diversity and inclusion on and off the screen.
“Our quest has always been to continue to grow and develop in this area and we recognize that this is an evolving process.”
Shareena’s involvement in the creative process and on set has been invaluable and immensely educational and will benefit the series.
“There have been important and lengthy discussions with Shareena during her time on Neighbors and we will continue to work with all cast and crew to ensure Neighbors remains a fully inclusive environment.”
Appearance: Shareena’s guest appearance on Neighbors airs next week. Pictured: Shareena on set with Colette Mann