Sir Lenny Henry puts Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre on blast for displaying ‘racist’ posters – Latest


 Comedian and actor Sir Lenny Henry shamed Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre in Dorset for decorating the dressing room with an undated ‘racist’ advertisement  The 61-year-old took to Twitter to slam the theatre for leaving the offensive artwork depicting black tribal caricatures in costumes on display Taking a shocked selfie of himself in front of the poster, he tweeted: ‘Maybe change the posters in the dressing rooms I heartily recommend SHAFT or SILVER STREAK. Or even HOWARDS END…but not this.’  The offensive caricatures have since been removed, as stated by the theatre, but many are failing to see how staff missed something so blatant  It depicted an advertisement for a play of Dick Whittington and his cat but featured white characters with their faces painted black and lips painted red  Fans and those who went to view his show were quick to respond to Lenny’s shock  One user replied: ‘Why would anyone keep that up? It is beyond belief.’  ‘Jayzus- must have been left behind after a Tory conference!’ another tweeted  Looks like the theatre is due for a much, much-needed upgrade to 2019.  Meanwhile, Lenny recently opened up about the moment he learned his ‘biological’ father was a man he already knew, and how he used to feel ‘ashamed’ by the truth  The comedian revealed how his late mother, Winifred, had an affair with a man named Albert Green aka Bertie, not long after arriving in Britain from Jamaica during the second wave of Caribbean immigration in 1957  Lenny was a result of the affair but was brought up by Winifred and her partner Winston, who treated the comedian as his own child  When Lenny was 10-years-old, his mother told him to do chores for his ‘uncle’ Bertie to earn pocket money  It wasn’t until 18 months later that Lenny found out the man he worked for every Friday, was actually his biological father  Lenny admits he once felt ‘ashamed’ by the truth but has now decided to ‘own it’  Speaking to The Guardian, Lenny said: ‘My story is an immigrant story. My story is of people moving from one country thousands of miles away to another and forming new links, new family and new relationships  ‘And that’s just what it is. It’s not illicit, it’s not salacious in any way. It’s a life thing ’

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