CORONATION Street has been hit by 59 Ofcom complaints from fans accusing the show of racism.
The backlash came after Sarah Platt called Adam Barlow a "smug Scottish git" as they clashed on the cobbles.
The broadcast regulator said: "The complaints were about a discriminative comment made by Sarah Platt."
The race row erupted after the factory manager – who is played by Tina O’Brien – caught Adam chatting up one of her workers.
She found him speaking to Alina Pop in the street and shouted: "You think you're so clever? You're not, you're a stupid smug, Scottish git."
Some viewers were offended by the comment and accused the soap of “casual racism”.
One wrote: "Well thats the Scottish audience switching off #casualracism."
A second said: "You know that referring to someone's national origins as an insult or reason to deny something has been held to be racist, Sarah Platt?! #ScottishGit."
Another added: “Corrie why did you need to include 'Scottish' in Sarah's rant?
“Was 'Stupid, Smug, Git' not enough? Wonder how many more Scottish references you’re going to throw in #RacistCorrie.”
"Scottish git, skatin on thin ice there Sarah," warned another.
Another commented: "Oooh I think that was a bad decision with the Corrie script tonight.
"Sarah calling Adam a smug Scottish Git is not cool, should have just stuck with a smug git".
However, others were left applauding Sarah for putting Adam in his place and hit back at the accusations of racism.
One wrote: "So calling a Scottish person Scottish now is racist? F*****g get a grip, it undermines actual, real, offensive racism.
"Do these people get paid for making a career out of being offended! #Corrie”
Another added: ”’Stupid smug Scottish git’ funniest line I've heard in a soap in year's. #Corrie.”
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