KITCHEN NO PLACE FOR RACISM

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MANU Feildel is wor­ried that con­tes­tants from non-An­glo cul­tures may be ap­pre­hen­sive about com­pet­ing on fu­ture sea­sons of My Kitchen Rules. Feildel’s con­cern comes af­ter­wit­ness­ing the racist ha­tred aimed at con­tes­tants Jessie Khan and Biswa Kamila dur­ing the Chan­nel 7 cook­ing show. Khan and Kamila, nick­named the Spice Girls, were the tar­get of vi­cious racist abuse on Twit­ter, in­clud­ing death threats. Feildel says he was stunned and ashamed by the venom. ‘‘I think it is dis­gust­ing,’’ Feildel says. ‘‘It is a cook­ing show. It is not a po­lit­i­cal de­bate or a war. ‘‘I don’t know where the racism comes from. This coun­try is full of for­eign­ers. I’m a for­eigner. It (racism) is some­thing I really don’t get.’’ Feildel’s thick French ac­cent has of­ten been the butt of jokes on break­fast ra­dio shows. Has he ever ex­pe­ri­enced racism in Aus­tralia? ‘‘Very lit­tle,’’ he says. ‘‘There is the oc­ca­sional ‘go back to France’ or ‘speak English’. Those com­ments go over my head. No­body is bet­ter than an­other.’’

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