Shaynna Blaze responds after offensive Lord Sugar slur

"You can't talk about people's physical appearance in a derogatory way," says Shaynna Blaze after radio insult.

Shaynna Blaze has spoken out following comments made by Celebrity Apprentice boss Lord Alan Sugar made in a radio interview last week.

Questioned by hosts on Fitzy & Wippa last week on Blaze’s boardroom reactions, Lord Alan Sugar described The Block judge as having “a face like a slapped arse.”

“I think you can give an excuse, if that’s a British term, (but) if you’re coming to another country, you need to read the room of the country,” Blaze told the radio hosts this morning.

“We need to talk about this in public about what actually happened. First, you can’t talk about people’s physical appearance in a derogatory way for a cheap laugh. We’ve gone past that. The world isn’t like that any more.

“The other side of it is that by not calling them out, publicly or straight away, you’re enabling that… meaning they can feel they can get away with it.”

Sugar’s comments come despite Celebrity Apprentice participants raising charities for womens’ shelters and domestic violence prevention.

Shaynna Blaze is currently raising funds for Voice of Change.

“In domestic and family violence, you’ve got to call out what’s happening. To stop the cycle of violence, you’ve got to stop behaviour in the classroom, on the playground, in community and in public. You’ve got to call people out,” she said.

Shaynna Blaze told the hosts she had received an apology from Lord Sugar and Nine.

“I’ve heard from Channel Nine and they were not happy and at the same time, they apologised. Also Lord Sugar has apologised and I accept it.”

She added, “He sent me an email, and I didn’t read it straight away because I had to think about it to tell you the truth. I don’t want to be combative, because that’s not what it’s about.”

Nine declined to comment.

National Domestic Violence Service: 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732).

3 Responses

  1. It was a silly remark, sure, and television would be a lot less interesting without such foot-in-mouth moments, but what does this have to do with domestic violence?

    What I find highly offensive is that people would trivialise the plights of real victims of domestic violence by hijacking their suffering in order to leverage their completely unrelated indignation.

  2. As a Brit this is clearly a common phrase lost in translation – certainly has zero connections to domestic violence and not really to do with physical appearance either. Just means she has a disapprovingly look on her face which suggests she doesn’t want to be there.

    Tolerance needs to go two ways on these situations- be sensitive to the country you’re in but also to the country people come from. To be honest as a Brit it is the sort of phrase I’d assume probably originated in Australia.

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