Emmerdale has issued an apology after appearing to joke about cerebral palsy in a recent episode of the soap.
Ofcom has confirmed that it received 19 complaints over an episode last week that saw the character Nicola King – played by Nicola Wheeler – compare cerebral palsy to drunkenness. The character herself has hemiplegia, a form of cerebral palsy.
“You can’t go around like that, all cocked,” the character says in the show. “You look like you’ve got that, what is it? Himi, Hemi, Hemiplegia?”
Insensitive of @emmerdale tonight comparing a form of cerebral palsy (hemiplegia) to drunkenness. Totally uncalled for.
— Charlie Gaze (@Charlie_Gaze) August 30, 2016
— Amy VOTE LABOUR ? (@grumpy_tearex) August 30, 2016
Following the complaints, Ofcom has said that it will “assess these before deciding whether or not to investigate.”
A representative from Emmerdale has since told The Mirror: “The character Nicola has hemiplegia, or partial paralysis affecting one side of her body.”
“She is a character well-known for her acerbic humour and it is in keeping with her personality to make light of her own condition in this way. We apologise if anyone found the line offensive.”
This week has also seen Coronation Street apologise after airing comments deemed as racist.