Coronation Street hit by Ofcom complaints in Tracy Barlow anti-vaxxer row

CORONATION Street has been hit with Ofcom complaints over Tracy Barlow calling another character a conspiracy theorist.

The florist – who is played by actress Kate Ford in the ITV soap – was taking Billy Mayhew and daughter Summer to task over false allegations that her brother Daniel was grooming her.

She told the archdeacon and Summer that she was evicting them from her flat.

But as Billy’s ex Paul tried to insist Tracy couldn’t throw Billy and Summer out – she turned on him for phoning the police in the first place.

“Oh look it’s the conspiracy theorist who called the police,” she said.

“I bet you’re an anti-vaxxer and all, aren’t you? 

“Well good news because the earth is definitely flat and Daniel is definitely after Summer. 

“You can all be homeless together, stop turning the other cheek.”

Tracy’s comments sparked a backlash from a minority of viewers.

A total of 54 complained to Ofcom over the anti-vaxxer comments.

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Others posted on social media about how they were affected by the comment.

One wrote: “Tracy Barlow calling Paul a conspiracy theorist, followed by the assumption he would be an ‘anti-Vaxxer’ was unnecessary and wrong. 

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“Disappointed in you Corrie!”

A second said: “#Corrie why on earth is Tracey accusing Paul of being an anti vaxxer cos he is misguided over Daniel? 

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“What's that got to do with a piece of cheese? Bored of all this covid rubbish in corrie now.”

Another added: “Just sat watching Corrie with my Mum, and they just had to put the anti vaxxer dig at a character in it called Paul along with labelling him a conspiracy theorist. 

“The amount of propaganda on our TV shows is beyond embarrassing and so blatant. Absolutely shameful @ITV.”

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