How dare you say feel like a pariah, you pariah!
Just like in the book 1984, it’s not enough to be defeated, you have to love those defeating you as well, just before they ”pop you off” that is.
One Fat Lady in race row over Muslim ghetto’ jibe: The Islamic area of Leicester frightened me, says TV chef
- Chef was ‘surprised any of the people who might object could read what I wrote as it is written in English’
- She describes visit to the ‘ghetto’ after getting lost in traffic and found herself ‘in an area where all the men were wearing Islamic clothing’
- But she says there’s an upside — she’s thankful for the large number of Asian restaurants in the city as ‘you can eat excellent curry’ there
- Her comments were criticised by the Muslim Council of Britain and the city’s mayor, who claims her account ‘may help sell books but it is cheap’
By PAUL BENTLEY
PUBLISHED: 13:23 GMT, 16 November 2012 | UPDATED: 20:50 GMT, 16 November 2012
Clarissa Dickson Wright said visiting the city made her feel like a pariah and an outcast
She is as renowned for her outspoken views as she is for her cooking.
So when celebrity chef Clarissa Dickson Wright decided to write about her day out in a multi-cultural part of Leicester, she didn’t mince her words.
The former star of the BBC’s Two Fat Ladies claimed a visit to the city, which has a large Muslim population, was ‘the most frightening experience of her life’.
Describing parts of Leicester as a ‘ghetto’, she said seeing so many men in Islamic clothing and women in a burkas left her feeling ‘in the middle of my own country, a complete outcast and pariah’.
Yesterday her comments provoked fury from Muslim groups and local leaders.
But Miss Dickson Wright remained defiant, saying: ‘I’m surprised any of the people who might object could read what I wrote as it is written in English.’
The 65-year-old, a former barrister who grew up in north London, dedicates a chapter in a new cookery book, Clarissa’s England: A Gamely Gallop Through the English Counties, to each county, discussing their culinary, cultural and historical merits.