Brit TV chef's 'Muslim ghetto' jibe for Leicester sparks race row in UK
British celebrity chef Clarissa Dickson Wright, who said that a visit to the multi-cultural part of Leicester, a hugely Muslim populated area of the UK, was 'the most frightening experience of her life', has sparked a race row.
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'.
Though her comments provoked fury from Muslim groups and local leaders, Wright remained defiant about her experience and opinion, as she dedicated a chapter in a new cookery book, Clarissa's England: A Gamely Gallop Through the English Counties.
"I'm surprised any of the people who might object could read what I wrote as it is written in English," the daily Mail quoted the former star of the BBC's Two Fat Ladies, as writing.
According to the paper, she describes how she accidentally stumbled upon Leicester's city centre, where one in ten of the population is Muslim, after coming off a ring road to escape a traffic jam and getting lost.
"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," she wrote.
She said the positive side was the 'very good selection of Asian restaurants' and added: "If multiculturalism works, which I have always been rather dubious of, surely it must be multicultural and not monocultural."
However, 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'.