Aussie cooking game show's Indian girls in race row insist they 'weren't being rude'
Sydney, Feb. 7 : A contestant of an Australian competitive cooking game show, My Kitchen Rules, which came under the limelight following a racist row in Twitter, said they forgot the microphones were on, and defended herself against claims they were rude, "bad girls" on the hit reality TV show.
Contestant Jessie Khan told fans they were trying to have fun and stay honest, but she did not think they were rude. Contrary to public opinion about her and Biswa Kamila, she defended them saying they were nice and "just joking" on the show, reports News.com.au.
Khan said they were judging the food, not the contestants. She added they were not meant to be ambassadors for the Bangladeshi/Indian communities living in Australia, contrary to what viewers might think.
She did not believe the show was about race when asked if she thought being Indian made Australia hate them more. She said they were surprised by the public reaction to their time on the show, and still maintained they acted appropriately.
Khan admitted the vicious and racist reaction to their contentious appearance on MKR had left her shell-shocked by the TV experience and grateful they crashed out so early in the competition.
While Khan and her friend Biswa had happily gone along with the producers' plan to play the bad girls, the reality of reality television editing left the two women in tears over their portrayal and the hateful public response which followed them.
She pointed to the out-of-context editing of footage, especially in the final days of their MKR lives, for painting them as emotionally manipulative and negative schemers.
She said the vile response on Twitter had been out of proportion to their alleged crimes.
While accepting the risks involved in signing up for reality TV, Khan said she felt manipulated at times by the process, adding that footages were "used it in a way that it wasn't meant to be".