GMB’s Adil Ray loses him with MP Oliver Dowden over ‘systemic racism’ comments
Adil Ray was angry on Good Morning Britain on Wednesday as he and his co-host Susanna Reid interviewed MP Oliver Dowden.
Oliver, who has served as Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sports since 2020, discussed the film industry and the government’s attempts to make jobs more accessible.
“We have a fantastic film industry in this country, brilliant jobs that we would want for ourselves, our children or our grandchildren,” Mr. Dowden began.
“This is why we are working with them to create opportunities for people who cannot normally access …”
Adil was quick to intervene and said, “So what you’re talking about is systemic racism, isn’t it? It’s a system, it’s the movie industry, it’s is a system that you have identified that is does not create fair and equitable opportunities for black people.
“Well, that’s a sign of systemic racism, isn’t it? He’s not a racist director or owner of a racist film company, he’s the system.
“It’s systemic racism, why can’t we just say it is what it is?” Adil continued.
“I think there are opportunity issues in all of these industries, and we are addressing them,” replied Mr. Dowden, but Adil did not have any.
“So is this systemic racism?” He fumed again, as Mr Dowden tried to reply, “I think systemic racism with society as a whole …”
But it was a long time before Adil stepped in again and yelled, “Well, society has a whole in health, in business, in sport, in finance, in schools, in crime, in crime. justice – black people are worse off.
“I just told you in 10 seconds, 10 different sections of society. It is systemic racism.
“Why can’t you just say that Mr. Dowden and we can go ahead and deal with it as a company! What are you afraid of?” Adil added.
Viewers watching at home were very impressed with Adil’s comments and took to Twitter to share their views.
“Good question from Adil Ray to which Oliver Dowden #GMB answered unsatisfactorily,” one person posted.
Another added: “Oliver Dowden was sad and incompetent at best Adil Ray was perfect on Oliver admitted to fighting institutional racism but couldn’t explain why the #RaceReport didn’t admit him.”
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6 a.m. on ITV.