While Cheryl may be “so excited” to launch her brand new BBC show, a huge amount of people are less than impressed with her appointment as the host of a brand new R&B programme.
The former Girls Aloud singer took to social media last week to reveal to her followers that she had an “had an absolute love and passion for R&B” as she shared a link to her brand new BBC Sounds show, You, Me & R&B with Cheryl.
“I’ve really been transported back re-listening to all these tracks and I’m excited for you to relive those moments with me. Episode 1 is live now,” the Geordie lass tweeted on Friday as she broke the news of her new gig.
The BBC website states that the 38-year-old “dives into the world of R&B in this passionate love letter to the genre” during the 12-part series and features music from artists such as Mary J Blige, Blackstreet, TLC and more.
While the former X Factor judge was clearly thrilled with her latest work project, many criticised the singer, and the BBC – arguing that the star is completely the wrong person for the role.
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“This would have been an amazing opportunity for Beverly Knight, Estelle, Keisha White, Shola Ama, Jamelia,” another suggested.
“I would have even preferred Alesha Dixson or Ms Dynamite. Heck Lisa Maffia would have been a better fit than Cheryl. How disappointing.”
Game of Thrones star Nathalie Emmanuel also weighed in on the controversial move from the BBC to give the job to Cheryl.
“Like RnB music hasn’t been appropriated enough…” the actress began her tweet on Tuesday.
“Had it’s narrative controlled over and over by those who weren’t the originators. Like we don’t have incredible, iconic Black British RnB talent & creators… but they won’t get a platform like this…. Because… well we know why”
Comedian London Hughes wrote on Twitter that “due to systemic racism”, the UK music scene has neglected the talents of Black women in favour of white singers.
“I’m not sure why some of you are shocked that Cheryl Cole is doing an ‘Rnb’ podcast, when the biggest soulful singer that we have in the UK is Adele,” the Netflix star began her thread of tweets on Tuesday.
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“White women have always been allowed to take up space in UK ‘Black music’ Word to Rita Ora, Jess Glynne, Jessie J, Joss Stone etc.”
She continued in a second tweet: “There was a time in UK music in the 2010’s where every song you heard on the radio that sounded like a soulful Black woman…. Was in-fact a cute skinny white girl from Essex.”
“Sorry but due to systemic racism the UK music scene doesn’t have its own Beyoncé’s, Rihanna ’s, Whitney Houston’s, Mary J Blige’s, Diana Ross’s, Janelle Monet’s, Normani’s or Dionne Warwick’s… So until then, you’re getting this Rhythm & Blues brought to you by Cheryl Cole,” the 32-year-old concluded.
The BBC has responded to the online backlash from their choice of presenter for the R&B show.
“We feature a wide range of voices spanning different genres across our extensive music output,” a spokesperson told The Independent.
“Many of our shows are fronted by DJs who are experts in their fields, others are hosted by people with a passion for their topic. Cheryl’s You, Me and R&B shares personal stories from her youth, soundtracked by her favourite genre.”