Jay Laga'aia slams Home and Away as racist
Thu, 16 Feb 2012 8:43a.m.
New Zealand-born actor Jay Laga'aia has accused Home and Away of being racist in a series of Twitter posts after being dumped from the show.
Laga'aia, of Samoan descent, claims he was dropped from the Channel 7 show because it already had an ‘ethnic’ star.
"As someone who lost his job on H&A because they couldn't write two ethnics that weren't together, I'd like the chance to ply my trade," stated Laga'aia on his Twitter account.
The accusation came just a day after Underbelly: The Golden Mile star Firass Dirani called for commercial Australian TV to dump a perceived "white Australia" policy and cast the "different flavours, different cultures" of contemporary Australia.
"Hats off to you Firass Dirani, for a call to stop commercial network producers casting only white actors. Only on Australian screens. Shame!" Laga'aia tweeted.
Channel 7 has strongly denied Laga'aia’s racist claims.
"Jay's comments are offensive," a Channel 7 spokesman said.
"We have great regard for Jay and his work on Home and Away during the last two years. It is insulting to suggest that Home and Away is racist. His character's storyline reached a natural conclusion."
Laga'aia has previously starred in Water Rats, Xena: Warrior Princess, Street Legal, Legend of the Seeker, ABC series Bed of Roses and two of the Star Wars prequels.
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16/06/2012 4:21:16 p.m.
pat bell wrote:
i love Jay Laga'aia, he has been one of my favorite New Zealand actors. i like his part in home and away as a father. you need characters like him it makes the show interesting.i remember once they took johnny Depp out of 21 jump street and they complained about him well he is laughing on the other side. and i always thought he was a good actor too. so hoping my instincts on jay are right about him too. jay i love you acting keep up the good work
16/02/2012 12:17:04 p.m.
I'm inclined to believe Jay rather than Channel 7.
Jay is a higher calibre actor than most on Home and Away. I know some budding actors have got their start in Home and Away, however Jay is experienced and they were lucky to have him on the show.
He was in Star Wars FGS!
16/02/2012 11:23:23 a.m.
Why is it that repeatedly we hear the desperate false claim of - racism - when ethnic persons of "looser stature" are released /disposed of?
16/02/2012 9:08:51 a.m.
please..jay is one of the worst actors on h&a ever!!
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