Catherine Tate Faces Controversy Over Past ‘Racist’ Sketch as She Lands Eurovision Role

Outrage and Support Ensue as Catherine Tate’s 2006 Comedy Sketch Resurfaces After Eurovision Announcement


The appointment of British actor and comedian Catherine Tate, 53, as the UK’s spokeswoman for the Eurovision Song Contest grand final has sparked controversy on social media platforms.

Tate, announced to present the country’s national jury results from Liverpool’s M&S Bank Arena, faces backlash for a 17-year-old comedy sketch perceived by some as “racist.”

The furore emanates from a 2006 segment on “The Catherine Tate Show” called “The Offensive Translator.” In it, Tate pretends to speak multiple languages, resorting instead to English spoken with stereotypical accents.

Critics argue this performance should have disqualified her from the Eurovision role.

One critic remarked, “This is racism. Mimicking an accent, especially a white person mimicking a non-white accent is racist.” Others opined that the sketch wasn’t “funny at all,” and someone else doing this would be fired.

However, this view is far from unanimous, with numerous defenders asserting that Tate’s satire targets Britons’ failure to engage with other languages, rather than the languages themselves.

Some deemed the sketch as “hilarious,” with one supporter declaring, “We are crap at learning foreign languages, but the one thing we are good at is having a laugh at our own expense.”

The Eurovision Song Contest, notorious for its complex voting system, combines public votes and professional jury scores from each participating country.

Tate follows in the footsteps of other renowned UK spokespeople such as AJ Odudu, Amanda Holden, and Nigella Lawson, among others.

As the controversy unfolds, the question remains: will the uproar impact Tate’s Eurovision role, or will her satire be recognised as a critique of British linguistic laziness?

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