X-Factor Criticized For Performer's 'Crazy' Performance

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Mental health charity Mind and Rethink Mental Illness criticized popular TV show X-Factor as “irresponsible” and “disappointing” after producers let contestant Lola Saunders sing Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy” during Saturday night’s Halloween episode.

Saunders kicked off the act by sitting in a medical chair under a lightbulb, then dancing in front of masked performers who had their arms behind their backs, suggested they wore straitjackets.

When Simon Cowell asked Saunders what the performance’s link to Halloween was, Saunders made a face and replied that “crazy” was the them.

“If you didn’t notice there were people in straitjackets,” Saunders said.

Kate Nightingale, of the charity’s Time to Change anti-stigma campaign, said that show sent a negative message to people suffering from mental health problems.

“What is truly scary is that a show as high profile as the X-Factor is sending the message that people with mental health problems are to be feared,” Nightingale said. “Using the song ‘Crazy’ and depicting people in straitjackets as part of a Halloween-themed show is far from harmless fun.”

Nightingale’s comments followed a report from Childline that an increase of child have considered suicide. Her comments also followed one made by British Health Care Minister Norman Lamb, who noted that Halloween often demonizes mental illness.

Saunders was voted off the show on Sunday after her performance, which also drew criticism from viewers on Twitter. Despite the backlash, a spokesperson for the show noted that Saunders’ performance was not intended to cause offence or ridicule anyone with serious mental health issues.

Following Saunders’ performance, the network received nearly 70 complaints. The network replied that it may investigate into the complaints.

Source: Mirror

 
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