Neighbours star Sharon Johal reveals she was upset by 'tokenism' in her scripts

Neighbours star Sharon Johal reveals she was upset by 'tokenism' in her scripts
Neighbours star Sharon Johal reveals she was upset by 'tokenism' in her scripts

Sharon Johal has revealed she felt some of her scripts on long-running soap Neighbours were 'tokenistic'. 

The 33-year-old told the Tia Maria One of a Kind podcast:  'Little things would happen, there would be tokenism within the scripts and I'm not a confrontational person, but I'll do it if I need to.'

'I tried to sort things out as they would happen in the best way possible,' she added.

Tokens: Sharon Johal (pictured) has revealed she felt some of her scripts on long-running soap Neighbours were 'tokenistic'

Tokens: Sharon Johal (pictured) has revealed she felt some of her scripts on long-running soap Neighbours were 'tokenistic'

Sharon added that she felt pressure to be a good representative for Indian Punjabi cultural background. 

'It was all this weight on my shoulders to represent the community accurately and properly because I was the first one and they made be this flag-bearer, even though I didn't want that role,' she said. 

It comes after the actress released a statement in April about her 'painful' four years on Neighbours, which included racial slurs, mocking comments and a colleague calling her a 'c**t' after she confronted them over an offensive remark.

The 33-year-old told the Tia Maria One of a Kind podcast: 'Little things would happen, there would be tokenism within the scripts and I'm not a confrontational person, but I'll do it if I need to. 'I tried to sort things out as they would happen in the best way possible'

The 33-year-old told the Tia Maria One of a Kind podcast: 'Little things would happen, there would be tokenism within the scripts and I'm not a confrontational person, but I'll do it if I need to. 'I tried to sort things out as they would happen in the best way possible' 

Sharon, who played Dipi Rebecchi from 2017 until March, said: 'The past week for me has been a traumatising, triggering and painful experience, with the resurfacing of compounded trauma I have tried to deny, bury, and ultimately, survive.' 

She went on to allege that on more than one occasion, a current cast member (not a person of colour) directly referred to her as 'you people', while speaking in derogatory terms about an altercation they were involved in with an Indian person.

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