- A German broadcaster known as ZDF has been heavily tongue lashed by critics
- The critics said that the broaster's coverage of the royal wedding was racist
- In response to the criticisms, ZDF said it takes the comments of its critics seriously
A German public broadcaster identified as ZDF has been has been faulted for alleged 'racist' coverage of Britain’s royal wedding which took place Saturday, May 19.
Some announcers were amazed over how African-Americans straighten their hair, repeatedly referred to Meghan Markle and black wedding guests as “exotic,” and said the gospel choir at the wedding sang “beautifully black,” German international broadcaster Deutsche Welle reported.
HuffPost Germany said: “The station never tires of emphasizing that Meghan Markle … is black. Black, black, black. Can we please talk about hats again?”
In fact, one ZDF announcer asked: “Are those dreadlocks on Meghan’s mother?” Another responded, according to DW: “It’s curly hair that’s been somewhat de-curled, same as Meghan probably does all the time.”
The broadcaster was hit with criticism in emails, on Twitter and by phone. ZDF has not apologized for its coverage, but told DW that “we take the criticism of our viewers seriously.” The ZDF spokeswoman also said the network received praise for its coverage.
An unnamed Twitter subscriber said: “Dear @zdf, it is extremely annoying that Meghan’s lineage is THE subject for the reporters. If Meghan were white, what would they snigger about? Please treat them equally.”
In another tweet translated by DW, sarcastically proposed a very British drinking game: A shot of Pimm’s every time ZDF mentions “African-American background.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that the world stood still to witness the wedding of Queen Elizabeth grandson’s wedding in the United Kingdom (UK). Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got married on Saturday, May 19.
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