Loose Women's Charlene Calls Out 'Lazy' Racism After Being Mistaken For Brenda Edwards
| Last updated
Featured Image Credit: @charlenewhite/@brendaedwardsglobal/Instagram
Loose Women's Charlene White has issued a statement on Twitter after being mistaken for co-star Brenda Edwards on multiple occasions.
Taking to social media, Charlene urged others to 'stop being lazy', explaining how often she - and other black men and women - are being mistaken for each other every day.
"I’m used to being mistaken for my other black @loosewomen ladies. We all are tbh. Some ppl are too lazy to work out black women don’t all look alike," Charlene wrote.
"But I’ve spent today at a do with my LW fam where multiple times I was called Brenda. My response? 'No, I’m the other black one'.
"You have no idea how many black women in the public eye get mistaken for each other. It happens routinely. Not just us, to many minority women & men on a daily basis.
"It upset me more than usual today, probably because it happened to a few of us at the Pride parade on Sat too.
"We all laugh it off. A LOT. We share stories about the times that we were mistaken for each other. But, we shouldn’t have to. We really shouldn’t. But we’re expected to just smile and move on.
"It impacts us all: your colleagues, your neighbours etc. Just stop being lazy. The first 4 times it happened today I shrugged it off.
"But the 5th time was as I was leaving, by someone who’d spent 10mins having a chat. I honestly left feeling that it doesn’t matter where you are in life, some ppl will always mistake you for the other black girl in the office."
I’m used to being mistaken for my other black @loosewomen ladies. We all are tbh. Some ppl are too lazy to work out black women don’t all look alike.— Charlene White (@CharleneWhite) July 6, 2022
But I’ve spent today at a do with my LW fam where multiple times I was called Brenda. My response? “No, I’m the other black one”.
Followers rushed to Charlene's post to provide support, with one person commenting: "Charlene that’s awful and I’m so sorry that’s happened you, Brenda, Judy and countless other black women. No you shouldn’t have to take it, keep on calling this out."
And another said: "This just breaks my heart on so many levels. I love the strength we share as women and we have a tough enough time on that score….but I truly loathe that type of apathy and ignorance."
Others shared their own experiences, with Capital FM DJ and former BBC Radio 1 star Mista Jam responding: "I've experienced the same, several times. At the old place, I was called Dev several times, even by listeners. My reply was always 'no, I'm the other one...'"
Meanwhile, Victoria Ekanoye added: "Honestly…I’m just dumbfounded that people are still this unaware…especially in today’s climate.
"I’m sorry you had to deal with this bs."