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Last Updated: Thursday January 18 2007 07:54 GMT

Shilpa says BB bullying is racist

Shilpa Shetty

Celebrity Big Brother housemate Shilpa Shetty has said for the first time that she thinks she is being picked on because of where she comes from.

Channel 4 denied the actress was being bullied because she is Indian and said Shilpa hadn't mentioned "any concerns of racial abuse".

But after another argument with Jade Goody, Shilpa told another housemate she thought it was because of her race.

More than 21,000 people have complained about the way Shilpa has been treated.

Big Brother is now the most complained about TV show ever.

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People have been protesting in india about the way Shilpa is being treated

Thousands of Big Brother viewers have said they think Jade Goody, Jo O'Meara and Danielle Lloyd have made racist comments about Shilpa.

At least 19,300 complaints were sent to a group that monitors what we watch on TV to make sure it's fair and does not upset people too much.

Another 2,000 people told Channel 4 they were unhappy with the show and 40 people have complained to the police.

International protest

In India, there have been protests about the way they think Bollywood actress Shilpa is being treated inside the house.

And in the UK, even top politicians have got involved in the row.

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