Comedian and former Eastender's actor Bobby Davro left parents stunned after making racist Chinese jokes onstage in Preston.
Story from the Lancashire Evening Post (16/4/2011)
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Embarrassed parents said Davro, who was playing the scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz at Preston’s Charter Theatre, made continual references to Chinese people eating dogs and pulled stereotypical “Chinaman” faces.
Mother-of-one Rachel Ralphson, 36, from Euxton, took her nine-year-old daughter Maddy to see the show, said:
"The Chinese dog-eating jokes were really bad. He didn’t just do it once, also he was doing Chinese impressions but really putting it on."
“It was very risque jokes which you know the kids won’t understand but I think he was a little bit over the top especially with the casual racism.
“Maddy didn’t really get the references but some of the parents were just looking at each other. There were some points where I didn’t want to look at my daughter in case she had understood and then I’d have to explain them.”
In a statement, the Guild Hall said: “The Guild Hall and Charter Theatre would like to apologise to any patrons who may have been offended by the content of The Wizard Of Oz performances on Thursday 14th April. Any complaints will be dealt with accordingly and in due course.”