Sunday, June 18, 2017

It Slipped Past The Wheel!

A Wheel Watcher spotted two slaves in the backdrop. The folks over at Sony Entertainment apologized for having an offensive image displayed during a taping of Wheel of Fortune. The game show hosts are Pat Sajak and Vanna White.
Sony Entertainment facing a controversy. The company is doing damage control after its show Wheel of Fortune ran a backdrop of a plantation with slaves. It was part of their "Southern Charm" week in March.

A Twitter user recorded the video years ago. The image was captured by producers in 2005.

Producers were on a location shot at the Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie, Louisiana.

Pat Sajak and Vanna White are the hosts of America's game. They are the long serving hosts of the show.

They were discussing "Southern Charm" week. They didn't see the image backdrop.

Joshua Itiola was none too happy seeing that.

The Daily Mail reports that Itiola got the ball rolling on this.

Many were outraged over this.
Vanna White at a Louisiana plantation where the producers were doing at taping.
The New York Daily News said that producers didn't know two Black women were in the background.

The backlash made it to the show runner and producers. They quickly apologized for the image and vow to pull the image from all episodes related to the ordeal.

"We regret the use of this background image, and we will be replacing it moving forward on any rebroadcast," Harry Friedman, the executive producer said in a statement.

Hillary Loeber of Oak Alley said that the women were in character. They were doing their jobs reenacting the period.

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