Organizers of the already controversial Times of India Film Awards slated for next month in Vancouver are blaming allegations of racial bias on a slip-up by a staff member.
The lavish gala to honour Bollywood's best — which will cost B.C. taxpayers $9.5 million to stage — came under fire last week after for an apparent directive that appeared to bar the hiring of South Asian security guards and drivers.
Someone reportedly told companies contracted to provide those services that the program didn't want "brown" drivers or guards for fear they'd be star-struck when dealing with Bollywood celebrities, according to CTV News. Most Canadians don't know the stars, but they're huge in the South Asian community.
Laura Ballance, a media spokeswoman for the event, apologized and blamed the remarks on an unidentified member of the logistics team, the Globe and Mail reported. The individual is still working.
“It was not a directive from the Times of India Group," she said. "It was a word choice byRead More »from Vancouver Bollywood Award organizers blame staffer for ‘racist’ directive