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Royal Variety Performance viewers fume over ‘insensitive’ volcano backdrop amid New Zealand eruption

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The Royal Variety Performance has left viewers fuming over their choice of backdrop amid the New Zealand volcano eruption.

As the Austrian acrobatic team, Zurcaroh, took to the stage an animated volcano appeared as the background to their routine.

And while it lay dormant for much of the slot, the mountain started to overflow with lava as their performance sped up.

This week saw a huge eruption on White Island, New Zealand, where six people have been confirmed dead, with a further eight reported missing and more than 30 injured.

Taking to Twitter in light of recent events, fans called out the talent show for their ‘insensitive’ setting, despite the programme being recorded on 18 November, at the London Palladium.

Bit unfortunate there was a volcano erupting in the background of that incredible performance…’ one wrote while another added: ‘Very insensitive with the volcano! Why wasn’t that taken out?’

Someone else said: ‘Um a volcano…. really?!?!?!?!?!?!?!? They could of cut it or said something about it. I know it was pre-filmed but still’

Just yesterday, police said that around 50 people were on the island, in the Bay of Plenty, at the time and 23 had returned to the mainland.

There were around 30 people still missing, but investigators said there was ‘no sign of life’.

Those evacuated suffered critical burns after being blasted with ash and scalded with steam.

Rescue helicopters and other aircraft had carried out a number of aerial reconnaissance flights over the island following the eruption on Monday afternoon.

A police statement added: ‘Police believe that anyone who could have been taken from the island alive was rescued at the time of the evacuation.’

Questions have already been raised about why tourists were still allowed to visit following an increase in volcanic activity.

The eruption took place about 2pm local time on Monday and consisted of two explosions in quick succession, prime minister Jacinda Ardern said.

Metro.co.uk have reached out to ITV for further comment. 



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