Game of Thrones Nathalie Emmanuel swipes at Cheryl amid backlash to BBC podcast news

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Nathalie Emmanuel, 32, appears to be displeased with the BBC Sounds announcement casting Cheryl, 38, as the presenter of their new R&B podcast. The Game of Thrones star shared her views on Twitter with her 645,000 followers yesterday.

Like RnB music hasn’t been appropriated enough…

Nathalie Emmanuel

Without mentioning Cheryl directly, she said: “Like RnB music hasn’t been appropriated enough…

“Had its narrative controlled over and over by those who weren’t the originators.

“Like we don’t have incredible, iconic British RnB talent and creators, but they won’t get a platform like this, because, we know why.”

Cheryl made her announcement about the podcast five days ago, with Nathalie speaking out overnight on Tuesday.

Fans were quick to share their own opinion in the comments.

One said: “It’s almost like they’re begging to get called out on this and then self victimize themselves by screaming cancel culture afterwards. What an atrocious decision by the BBC.”

Another said: ““A talentless h**k like Cheryl Cole saying how much of an influence RnB has had on her ‘singing’ is insulting to RnB singers.”

Nathalie gained international recognition for her role as Missandei in Game of Thrones and has recently starred in the Fast & Furious franchise.

Cheryl first posted the announcement of her new role on her Twitter and Instagram.

The post said: “I’ve always had an absolute love and passion for R&B and I’m so excited to share my new show You, Me & R&B with you on @bbcsounds, I’ve really been transported back re-listening to all these tracks and I’m excited for you to relive those moments with me.”

The Girls Aloud singer has hosting experience having judged on The X Factor and The Greatest Dancer.

Cheryl left the former in 2016, having won twice with Alexandra Burke and Joe McElderry.

This experience, however, did not stop the public reaction to the announcement.

Singer London Hughes said: “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.

“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.”

A further tweet said: “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.”

In response to the backlash, a BBC spokesperson told the Independent: “We feature a wide range of voices spanning different genres across our extensive music output.

“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.”

You can listen to Cheryl’s podcast You, Me & R&B on BBC Sounds. 

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