Mr Motivator details racist experience at job interview: 'Why didn't you tell me you were black?'
Mr. Motivator has described in detail the racism he experienced at the beginning of his television career. (PA)
Mr. Motivator described some of the racism problems he faced as a black man when he tried to make it as a TV fitness trainer.
The exercise guru, who became a cult figure on British television after starring in the ITV breakfast show GMTV in the 1990s, found out about the racism he experienced in his early career.
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Mr. Motivator - whose real name is Derrick Evans - told the Radio Times: “It took me 10 years to watch television to take a break as a fitness trainer on the screen.
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"Every time I went to the studios, the boys said," Look for a white woman with two children, a black man on TV would never work. "But I kept going."
Mr Motivator is a cult figure on British television and leads workouts in his bright spandex outfits. (PA)
The 67-year-old television star was born in Jamaica and moved to the UK in 1961.
Recalling some of his earliest experiences with racism, he said, “When I came to Leicester from Jamaica at the age of 10, everyone looked at me as I passed. So I turned around, smiled and waved.
"Later when I came to my first job interview and the guy said to me," Why didn't you tell me that you were black? "I replied:" Why didn't you tell me you were white? "
During the coronavirus pandemic, Mr. Motivator joined the BBC's HealthCheck UK Live and helped viewers keep fit.
Mr. Motivator helps the nation to stay fit. (Getty Images)
He said: “Surviving Lockdown is about being positive, but we also learned what really matters….
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“Racism is always stupid and wrong, but it seems especially in a time of disease, when we should all recognize that we all need each other.
"Imagine a racist who was seriously injured and needed a blood transfusion to survive.
"I don't think this person would hesitate to take my blood, and if she recovered, she would happily walk around with it. Blood doesn't discriminate."
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