The “news” story is here. The lead sentence: “The photo which was used for ‘Southern Charm’ week sparked outrage from viewers.” [emphasis mine]
The article states a person they identify as Joshua Itiola Tweeted, “Someone please tell me why @WheelofFortune has slaves in their ‘Southern Charm Week’ images?”
Regarding the backdrop photo used, the following information is given:
The image was taken by producers in 2005 during an on-location shoot at the Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie, La. A spokesperson for the Oak Alley Plantation said that they do not hire people to portray slaves but do employ tour guides of all skin colors that wear period clothing.
So why did Wheel of Fortune respond as follows:
“We regret the use of this background image, and we will be replacing it moving forward on any rebroadcast,” Harry Friedman said in a statement to the New York Daily News.
Why? When will we learn? “Wheel of Fortune” producers should have ignored the one known person that is allegedly “outraged” or simply responded, “The backdrop photo reflects period clothing worn by actors and does not depict any actual event/persons. It is unfortunate the viewer has misunderstood the photo used in the backdrop but we are happy to have been given the opportunity to correct the misunderstanding. Thank you.”
…Or anything similar. And then, if the producers had truly wanted to do so, they could have silently changed the backdrop in any future reruns, or even decided to not rebroadcast that week’s episodes.
Why give any credence to the incorrect projections of an apparent racist regarding the photo’s depiction? (Or maybe the fella was just bored that day and decided to do a little trolling. Who knows?) But why would “Wheel of Fortune” producers regret anything? They did nothing to regret.
When will folks learn to use their brains to neutralize, frustrate, discourage the nonsense instead of encouraging more nonsense? Continuing capitulation to the fantasy visions of the Progressives continues to confound me.