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Indigenous actor Shareena Clanton has been the victim of a torrent of abuse online after detailing allegations of racism while working for the soap opera Neighbors

Clanton said speaking out about the problems she had encountered sparked a backlash that further heightened racist attitudes across Australia

“I stand by my truth and what I said, I witnessed and directly endured,” she said

In a social media post on Tuesday, Clanton said “overt and covert levels of racism were rampant” during his months working on the TV show

The actor, known for her role in award-winning prison drama Wentworth, said she felt “ostracized and further marginalized” after exposing the behavior to human resources staff

Clanton, a Wongatha woman, Yamatji, Noongar and Gitja, said it had been “lonely, stimulating and traumatic to work in a culturally dangerous place”

In a follow-up post on Instagram today, Clanton showed abusive comments she had received since going public with her concerns

Clanton said the on-set behavior she described in her previous article had occurred and that she had documentation to support it

“I haven’t even posted some of the most triggering / traumatic / vile comments I’ve seen… that were aimed at me,” she said on Instagram today

“One [in] particular said, ‘That’s why you don’t employ native people, all they do is complain'”

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Clanton said she had no qualms about criticizing power structures like Fremantle Media, the production company behind the show, saying she expressed no remorse and took no action regarding his complaints

“What do I have to gain here by telling the truth to one of the world’s most powerful, multi-million dollar production houses like Fremantle Media,” she asked. / p>

A spokesperson for Fremantle Media said on Tuesday the company had “important and lengthy discussions” with Clanton during his time on the show

“Our pursuit is always to continue to grow and develop in this field and we recognize that this is an evolving process,” said the spokesperson.

Meyne Wyatt, a Wongutha-Yamatji actor and director who worked on Neighbors between 2014 and 2016, said he was also a victim of racism on set

Five years later, he said, it was “disappointing but not at all surprising” to hear that racism continued to be present in this workplace

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Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-04-07/neighbours-set-racism-backlash-shareena-clanton/100052314