Great British Bake Off star Nadiya Hussain has revealed that she suffered racist abuse while on public transport.
She said on Twitter: A man refused to sit next to me on the train today ‘I ain’t sitting near a Muslim’ he said. His ignorance is his own ruin.
A man refused to sit next to me on the train today ‘I ain’t sitting near a Muslim’ he said. His ignorance is his own ruin.
While her appearance on the television competition has been credited with doing more for race relations than any government initiative, Hussain has previously disclosed that she expects to be on the receiving end of racism in her daily life.
Hussain, who won Bake Off in 2015, admitted in an interview that she has been “shoved, pushed and verbally abused” in Britain.
Speaking on Desert Island Discs, she said: “It sounds really silly because I feel like that’s just become part of my life now. I expect it. Absolutely I expect it.
I expect to be shoved or pushed or verbally abused because it happens and it’s been happening for years.
But she said she chose not to retaliate because there’s a dignity in silence.
I don’t want my children to have a negative attitude to living in the UK. Yes there are those negative people but they’re the minority.
I love being British, I love being here and this is my home. I don’t want my kids to grow up with a chip on their shoulder.
All those things that have happened to me? Hey it happens and it happens to other people too, and we deal with it.
One of the contestants in this year’s series of the programme, Rav Bansal, has also spoken out on social media about the racist language that had been directed at him.
He said on Twitter that he had been asked by a stranger whether he was the P on the “not so British bake off.