Ian Wright was among the viewers who felt ‘disgusted’, ‘helpless’ and ‘ashamed’ watching BBC drama Sitting In Limbo about the Windrush scandal.
The harrowing feature-length film dramatised the real-life story of Anthony Bryan (Patrick Robinson), a Jamaican man who was wrongfully detained by the Home Office after living in the UK for 50 years after trying to apply for a British passport.
Coincidentally, ex Casualty star Robinson who portrays Anthony is the cousin of former footballer Ian, who couldn’t hide his anger while watching the drama on Monday night (8 June).
After tweeting a string of furious emojis, the BBC Sports presenter added: ‘The helplessnes [sic] Have you ever been so helpless.
‘We know the story and this is still so f**king heartbreaking to watch.’
Ian had earlier tweeted in support of his relative: ‘So proud of my cousin Pat. The lead actor in #SittingInLimbo. The shocking true story of Anthony Bryan and the Windrush scandal in this country… Spread the word.’
Sharing Ian’s sentiments, one viewer admitted: ‘Watching #SittingInLimbo makes me ashamed to be British,’ after watching Anthony’s treatment by the government after being told he did not have rights to remain in the UK.
Labour MP David Lammy weighed in: ‘Racism, at its root, comes from ignorance. If the last two weeks has left you wanting to learn more about black British history, don’t miss #SittingInLimbo. We are here because you were there.’
Former Liverpool footballer Stan Collymore said: ‘Imagine a country that can with a straight face call itself democratic, fair and just that allows the systematic and deliberate repatriation of Britons from their homes, jobs and lives, based on the lies and incompetence of Theresa May and the Conservatives.’
‘Gut wrenching Story – guaranteed to make your blood boil,’ one viewer tweeted, while another agreed: ‘Very powerful & moving. What a shameful chapter in our national history.’
Another disgraced viewer added: ‘Watching #SittingInLimbo and people still shout the UK isn’t racist? They deliberately targeted black Caribbean people for deportation and used the term “low hanging fruit”.’
Current home secretary Priti Patel apologised to the Windrush victims on behalf of the government and said: ‘#SittingInLimbo epitomises the unimaginable suffering endured by the Windrush generation.
‘On behalf of successive governments, I apologise again to victims & their families. I will do all I can to ensure @ukhomeoffice protects & listens to every part of the community it serves.’
Sitting In Limbo is available to watch on BBC iPlayer now.
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