‘Britain’s Got Talent’ Contender Reprimanded by Producers for ‘Liking’ Racist Videos About Jews Being ‘Hunted Down’
A contestant on “Britain’s Got Talent” has been advised by the television show’s producers to curb her behavior after it was discovered that she “liked” several racist and homophobic YouTube videos, the UK’s Daily Mail reported on Thursday.
Jenny Darren — the 68-year-old singer who won over audiences when she took off her granny clothes and belted out AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell” on the show Saturday night — created a YouTube playlist of videos that included offensive remarks about the LGBT community, labeled Jews as a “pest to society” and called on Jewish people to be “hunted down.” Also found on her Facebook page was a poem she wrote that criticized LGBT relationships. Darren’s YouTube playlist has since been deleted.
“Jenny’s behavior online is shocking and inappropriate,” a TV insider told The Sun. “She’s supposed to represent a family show but is instead setting an extremely bad example for her followers. It’s not only an embarrassment for Jenny, it’s a headache for the show and producers are fuming.”
A spokesperson for “Britain’s Got Talent” said about the controversy, “Any prejudicial language or behavior is abhorrent to everyone involved in ‘BGT,’ which is an inclusive show. As a result, Jenny Darren has been reprimanded by producers regarding her previous statements, and has been warned over her future conduct.” The spokesperson added that Darren had “profusely apologized” for her actions.
Watch Jenny Darren’s audition video for “Britain’s Got Talent” below: