'Wheel of Fortune' Is Coming Under Fire for Seemingly Using Slaves as Set Decoration

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It's Southern Charm Week over on Wheel of Fortune, and the show is coming under serious fire for using a backdrop that appears to feature slaves. Clearly they didn't get the memo that there's literally nothing less charming than racism!

The backdrop was pointed out by an eagle-eyed Twitter user, who was understandably aghast.

Wheel of Fortune's executive producer Harry Friedman apologized, saying "We regret the use of this background image, and we will be replacing it moving forward on any rebroadcast." Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the plantation was slightly more defensive—explaining that tour guides do not portray slaves, and that they hire guides of "all skin colors" to wear period-era costumes.

Even so, plantations in general aren't exactly a symbol of "southern charm," and to paint them as such sends a disturbing message.

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Mehera Bonner is a celebrity and entertainment news writer who enjoys Bravo and Antiques Roadshow with equal enthusiasm. She was previously entertainment editor at Marie Claire and has covered pop culture for over a decade.