Coronation Street's Sarah Platt rant sparks Ofcom complaints

Coronation Street viewers have complained to Ofcom over a rant Sarah Platt (Tina O’Brien) directed at Adam Barlow (Sam Robertson).

Fans of the show were left unhappy when Sarah directed her fury at her estranged husband in scenes on November 11.

She found out that her former beau had flirted with colleague Alina (Pop) and, understandably unhappy, took aim at the situation,

Confronting him, she fumed: ‘You think you’re so clever. You’re not.

‘You’re a stupid, smug, Scottish git.’

However, fans watching on from home were left unhappy by her comments, flocking to the TV watchdog to complain about the use of the ‘Scottish’.

Ofcom confirmed to that they had received 59 complaints about her remark, adding to the Sun that they were ‘about a discriminative comment made by Sarah Platt’.

Viewer also took to Twitter to discuss the scenes, with many divided over the statement.

’“Smug Scottish git” wow, coronation street… very racist of you #coronationstreet,’ a follower commented.

‘Scottish git. How racist of you Sarah #coronationstreet,’ another complained.

A Twitter user replied: ‘Smug Scottish git!! Disgusting @Coronationstreet #coronationstreet.’

One mocked the outrage, joking: ‘As a Scottish person, I’m offended!! #sarcastic #Corrie #CoronationStreet @itvcorrie.’

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What is Ofcom and what does it cover?

Ofcom is the regulator for the communications services that we use and rely on each day.

The watchdog makes sure people get the best from their broadband, home phone and mobile services, as well as keeping an eye on TV and radio.

Ofcom deals with most content on television, radio and video-on-demand services, including the BBC. However, if your complaint is about something you saw or heard in a BBC programme, you may need to complain to the BBC first.

Its rules for television and radio programmes are set out in the Broadcasting Code.

The rules in the Broadcasting Code also apply to the BBC iPlayer.

This Broadcasting Code is the rule book that broadcasters have to follow and it covers a number of areas, including; protecting the under-18s, protecting audiences from harmful and/or offensive material and ensuring that news, in whatever form, is reported with due accuracy and presented with due impartiality.

Audiences can complain to Ofcom if they believe a breach of the Broadcasting Code has been made.

Every time Ofcom receives a complaint from a viewer or listener, they assess it to see if it needs further investigation.

If Ofcom decide to investigate, they will include the case in a list of new investigations, published in the Broadcast and On Demand Bulletin.

An investigation is a formal process which can take some time depending on the complexity of the issues involved.

Ofcom can also launch investigations in the absence of a complaint from a viewer or listener.

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