Strictly Come Dancing star Katie Piper has hit out at “fake scars, blood and gore” ahead of the reality show’s Halloween extravaganza.
Katie, who sustained severe injuries following an acid attack 10 years ago, told The Sun that she doesn’t mind dressing up for the occasion, so long as it doesn’t stigmatise those who look “different”.
“I’m fine with dressing up as a cat or a wizard, but the trend towards fake scars, blood and gore seems like a backward step,” she explained.
“I’d like to teach our kids that it’s normal to be scarred, disfigured or disabled.”
Reflecting on her own experiences, Katie added that she hoped visible scars would no longer be “a taboo…within [her] lifetime”.
She continued: “I would like my daughters and their friends to think it’s absolutely unacceptable to insult, criticise or pick on someone because they look in any way different.”
Of course, there are still two weeks to get through before Strictly‘s annual Halloween special, so no spot in the ballroom is guaranteed.
Fortunately for Katie and her professional partner Gorka Marquez, the pair have been going from strength to strength since the competition began, and scored 22 for their Foxtrot this weekend.
Katie was praised for her “moving” performance to La La Land‘s ‘City of Stars’, with head judge Shirley Ballas encouraging the couple to “push” their choreography to the next level.
Strictly Come Dancing continues next Saturday (October 13) at 6.40pm on BBC One.
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