US TV host blasts celebrations of Queen’s Jubilee ‘built on the backs of slaves’

A major US talk show host has slammed the British public for their patriotic celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee as she criticised the memorable event which she claimed was “built on the backs of slaves”

Sunny Hostin, a co-host on the hugely popular US talk show, The View, publicly denounced British celebrations for Her Royal Highness to mark her 70th year on the throne.

During Saturday’s (June 4) instalment of the TV show, the broadcaster shared her controversial opinion of the historical event as she called out the “pomp and circumstance” of the four-day Jubilee celebrations.

The 53-year-old presenter went on to add the Jubilee events and the Royal Family were in reportedly “built on the backs and the souls of slaves”.

Ms Hostin explained that she previously enjoyed the displays of British royal pageantry in the past but she changed her mind when she learnt about the legacy of “imperialism and colonialism.”

The star, who lived in London for a time during her university years, said: I studied in London for university and actually loved the pomp and circumstance of it all when I was there.

“I sat outside and watched the changing of the guards and I loved all that. I remember when Princess Diana married Charles, I stayed up all night and I woke up and watched it.”

She continued: “But now that I learned a little more about the history of England and the colonialism and the imperialism.

“The imperialism and the colonialism of the Caribbean and the fact that Britain and the monarchy took the likes of $1 trillion from Africa.

“And I've learnt that Jamaica is now removing the Queen from her position there, and Barbados removed the Queen. All the Caribbean islands are removing the Queen.”

Sunny explained that after she learned about the dark history of the Royal Family, she changed her view of the celebrations throughout the four-day weekend.

The View co-host added: “Now I'm not as enamoured of the pomp and circumstance, because it was built on the backs and the souls of slaves.

“So, I’m just not as interested. But I was enamoured of it before,” she added as the audience loudly applauded.

However fellow panellist Whoopi Goldberg disagreed, saying she “did not mind the celebrations.”

She chimed in with: “I still think it is great for them. I’m okay with their pomp and circumstance. That’s what they’re doing.

“That’s how they’re celebrating. This is a big old mark for them. I’m thrilled for them. Doesn’t happen here. We don’t do that here.”

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