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Strictly’s Motsi Mabuse ‘in tears’ over perceived ‘racial slur’ in tabloid

Mosti Mabuse was left in tears over a caption (Picture: BBC)

Strictly Come Dancing star Motsi Mabuse has been left in tears over a perceived racial slur in a German tabloid.

The professional dancer replaced a judge on German TV competition, Das Supertalent, after they tested positive for coronavirus.

However, the 40-year-old was upset when Bild wrote up a piece on the show and included a picture of her, which was originally captioned: ‘The chocolate didn’t help either’.

It has since been changed, with deputy editor in chief Timo Lokoschat stating that it referred to the chocolate bars which were offered to ‘appease the audience’ during the seven-hour film shoot, the Daily Mail reports.

The publication states he added: ‘We changed it anyway. It was by no means intended to offend anyone’.

Discussing the caption on Instagram, Motsi explained she was ‘truly shocked’ over the words.

Alongside a stunning snap, she began a lengthy caption: ‘After having a wonderful photoshoot last night I switched on my phone and was shocked really truly shocked, after the shock I was extremely disappointed and sad! I had an evening full of tears. 

‘This morning I am still sad but I just want to take time to thank those of you who supported me yesterday. Thank you so much that I don’t have to go through this all by myself anymore! Thank you that you immediately stood up for me! 

‘I am not going to explain myself trying to make other people understand what was going on and why I felt a certain way or even justify the emotions. I am not going to have people tell me how I was supposed to react or brush it off!

‘Words matter & just know for some people you will never ever be good enough not because of your qualities or anything in that direction but because it’s plain simple or subtile racism.’

‘Thank you to you Ladies from Black woman matter community,’ she continued. ‘Thank you to my friends Alice, Mel, Irina, David and Steffi! I am ok guys I will continue doing my best to represent…. No matter how small they try to make you feel. 

‘The little eyes watching me every morning, those little eyes full of love and joy are all that matter. Love Motsi ……………..’

Motsi concluded: ‘Ps that is life people ask you to come and help out, you do and at the end of the day, you are the 🍑🥴🥴🥴…!’

The dancer will next be on our screens later this year as she returns to the Strictly Come Dancing panel.

She will be joined by Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood and Anton du Beke to judge this year’s crop of contestants.

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