June 12, 2020
Priti Patel’s allies have hit out at a BBC comedian’s racially-charged jibe on Twitter about her not liking curry that incited a string of disgusting responses branding her a ‘coconut’ – as 31 Labour MPs claim she has not authority on racism.
Guz Khan, who appears on BBC3 show Man Like Mobeen, posted a photo of Ms Patel pulling a face with the message: ‘Shall we have a curry for dinner tonight Priti?’
Followers piled in with vile offensive tweets calling her a ‘coconut’ and said ‘she’s more of a coconut curry type of girl to be honest….’
A coconut – white on the inside and brown on the outside – is a racial slur used to accuse someone of betraying their heritage by pandering to white views or opinions.
An ally of the Home Secretary said in response to the tweet: ‘In the week where she spoke movingly about the racist abuse she has faced all her live to get this from another person of colour is beyond ironic.’
It comes on the same day the Home Secretary hit back after 31 Labour MPs accused her of ‘gaslighting’ BLM protesters by talking about her own experiences of racism.
The Home Secretary, who earlier this week revealed her own experiences of racist abuse, reacted furiously after Labour frontbenchers signed a letter criticising the way she spoke about her own background as the daughter of Gujarati refugees from Uganda.
Ms Patel said she would not be silenced by Labour MPs who dismiss ‘the contributions of those who don’t conform to their view of how ethnic minorities should behave.’
The divisive tweet was sent by Mr Khan this afternoon – who lives with his wife and three children in the Midlands – was met with fury from other social media users who leapt to the defence of the under-fire Home Secretary.
One user said: ‘It’s not racist when we do it Priti’ and another said the tweet was yet another example of that the left is ‘kind and tolerant’.
This article was posted: Friday, June 12, 2020 at 3:11 am