England. Where the truth continues to be illegal, as is one’s own personal experiences if it runs counter to the narrative.
(H/T several people.)
- 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’
PUBLISHED: 08:23 EST, 16 November 2012 | UPDATED: 10:48 EST, 16 November 2012
Celebrity chef Clarissa Dickson Wright has caused outrage after claiming that visiting a Muslim area of Leicester was ‘the most frightening experience of her life’.
Writing in her new book, Clarissa’s England, she said visiting the city — which has a large Asian population — made her feel like a ‘pariah and an outcast in the middle of my own country.’
And when questioned on her description by a local newspaper, she fumed: ‘I’m surprised any of the people who might object could read what I wrote as it is written in English.’
But the overweight chef adds that there’s an ‘upside’ to everything — and is at least thankful for the large number of Asian restaurants in the city.
Her description of the town has caused outrage.
The Two Fat Ladies chef dedicates a chapter of Clarissa’s England: A Gamely Gallop Through the English Counties to each county in England, to discussing their culinary, cultural and historical merits.
On Leicestershire, she writes of the city’s ‘ghetto’.
She describes coming off the ring road to escape a traffic jam and becoming lost.
She wrote: ‘I found myself in an area where all the men were wearing Islamic clothing and all the women were wearing burkas and walking slightly behind them.
‘None of the men would talk to me when I tried to find out where I was and how to get out of there because I was an English female and they don’t talk to females they don’t know, while if the women could speak English they weren’t about to show it by having a word with me.
‘I have many good acquaintances and even some friends among the Muslim community, yet here I was, in the heart of a city in the middle of my own country, a complete outcast and pariah.
‘If multiculturalism works, which I have always been rather dubious of, surely it must be multicultural and not monocultural.
‘However, everything has an upside and one of the results of this is that Leicester has a very good selection of Asian restaurants.
‘I can only hope that in generations to come there will be a merging of the cultures and not the exclusion zone that is the ghetto.’