Wheel of Fortune is one of the longest-running shows on television and usually the last thing one would associate with controversy, but all that changed when the game show used an image of Black slaves as part of their "Southern Charm Week" campaign.
Fans noticed a picture of two Black women in antebellum dress as part of the backdrop, and Twitter went off.
While the producers at Wheel of Fortune may call this an "innocent mistake," the racial blindness and lack of representation that leads to this kind of gaffe is truly a problem in our society.
I👏🏿AM👏🏿DONE👏🏿— Joshua Itiola (@joshitiola) June 16, 2017
Many MANY people green-lighted this, that's how you know that there are no POC in that team pic.twitter.com/D77g0xJv9q— Isabelle 🇵🇷 (@bellecs) June 16, 2017
Thats what made the South so "charming"....— Roxy War Paint (@TheRoxyWarPaint) June 16, 2017
Noooooo!!!!— M.DivA (@sista_theology) June 16, 2017
That's the southern culture white folks are fighting to keep? FML!— TownBizz (@town_bizz) June 16, 2017
Ummm...because Slaves are "Southern Charming"! *chuckle* Not.— Juanita (@Jahunta) June 16, 2017
Good Lord! So no one on the production staff of .@WheelofFortune found this inappropriate?— Tonya Alston (@TonyaA6) June 16, 2017
Both of them are hard conservatives...it was not a mistake by them..I am just waiting for the day when the confed flag will be in their imgs— Ⓥ Uche Ogbu 🅥 (@Ve6anality) June 16, 2017
Y'all cancelled pic.twitter.com/P1ITq2IvaN— Dora Milaje✊🏽 (@Caramelrage) June 16, 2017
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