Corrie hit by Ofcom complaints after racist security guard locks Grace Vickers in office
Coronation Street is facing an Ofcom probe after receiving over 100 complaints around Grace Vickers’ ongoing storyline. Last week fans of the soap watched as Grace, played by Kate Spencer, was grilled by a security guard who thought she was shoplifting. It turned out she hadn’t, but the high-stress situation ended up with her going into early labour.
Her uncle-in-law, Ronnie Bailey, then accused the security guard of racially profiling Grace. Ofcom has now confirmed to Daily Star that 104 of Corrie’s viewers were so angry about Ronnie’s accusations that they contacted Ofcom. Speaking to Ronnie in hospital, Grace said: “It’s like last time, did Michael tell you?
It’s ten weeks early.
Grace was rushed to hospital after falling into premature labour while locked in the back office (Image: ITV)
“I didn’t know what the guard was going to do or how best to protect the baby. I’m so ashamed. I’ve failed them already, haven’t I?”
Grace was later seen producing her receipt from her hospital bed to prove she had, in fact, not been shoplifting. The security guard made a trip to the hospital, and when he got there his presence alone created more stress for Grace.
The security guard trailed Grace to the hospital, where she provided him with evidence of her purchase (Image: ITV)
The scene sparked a Twitter fury with many fans enraged about how Grace had been treated. One viewer hit out: “I didn’t know fresco employed racist security guards#Corrie.”
Another added: “Grace suffering a racism attack. That’s bang out of order #Corrie.” Meanwhile, a third chimed in: “#Corrie once Grace has given birth she needs to ring a solicitor and Sue Freshcos.”
Grace was sent into an early labour by the events of the day (Image: ITV)
Recently opening up about the role, Kate told Inside Soap she hopes to be able to show a softer side to Grace in the coming months.
Kate said: “I hope so, because they are seeing a different side to her now. “The reason Grace did what she did with Tianna was because she was so broken and hurt after her miscarriage. “Now she’s pregnant again, the baby is her priority and I think that’s definitely coming across, Grace isn’t all bad!”
Corrie producer Iain MacLeod previously confirmed the soap would tackle the “slow-burn exploration of systemic racism” this year.
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You can sign up here – you won’t regret it… Speaking to Daily Star and assorted press, he said: “Obviously we touched upon that subject area with verbal racism earlier in 2020, but we’ll now be playing out a more long-form exploration of system racism, which is of the more insidious and almost subliminal form. “Rather than overt name-calling, it’s more the kind of things that our actors have told us they’ve experienced in their day-to-day lives – unconscious bias and systemic racism.”
Coronation Street airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7.30pm and 8.30pm on ITV.