Wait…Did Louis Walsh Sexually Harass Mel B On ‘The X Factor UK’?
Louis Walsh announced a couple of weeks ago that he is leaving The X Factor UK after being a judge since the stone age. One of the people whose name is being tossed around to replace Nicole Scherzinger is former judge Mel B. A video has resurfaced on Reddit from three years ago of Louis grabbing Mel’s butt on national TV. Not cool, dude.
Louis, Mel, and Simon were being interviewed about that season of The X Factor UK when Louis’ hand starts to lurk near Mel’s bum. He then full on grabs it and she reacts as if she did not want him to do that. She kept her cool because she was on TV and Simon and Louis tried to laugh it off. Mel clearly didn’t think it was funny.
Look, we all love Louis Walsh but this is not cool. To the question in the title of this post, I would say a resounding yes. Just because he’s everyone’s favorite Irish uncle doesn’t give him the right to touch Mel B that way. It has a darker component, I think, that a lot of White people think they can do whatever they want to the bodies of People of Color, particularly women. When these women react to their advances they are told to lighten up and that they were just playing. It is unacceptable behavior and if he didn’t already quit I would say that the show should consider firing him.