A STRICTLY Come Dancing star has sparked fury after admitting he’s never tried curry before because his grandmother called it ‘foreign slime’.
Appearing on the BBC’s Platinum Jubilee Event programme, Len Goodman was seen frowning as he admitted he never ate the dish.
The professional dancer and judge Strictly said he had “always been worried” about food following comments from his grandmother.
Chef John Torode was seen laughing immediately after the 78-year-old’s remarks.
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BBC presenter Kirsty Young was silent as Goodman explained his thoughts on the dish, admitting he only tried Coronation chicken for the first time on Saturday.
When asked if he was really a cook, Goodman said: ‘My wife ate Coronation Chicken yesterday for our tea and I’ve never had it before.
“No, I’ve never had curry and curry powder and stuff before. No.
“My grandma used to call it foreign shit, so I was always worried about it.”
After that, Goodman quickly admitted to enjoying the Coronation Chicken.
He said, “But I have to admit it was delicious. It was so good.”
A dollop of old-school British Empire xenophobia from Len Goodman on the BBC’s Jubilee cover:
“The power of curry and curry…my grandmother used to call it all foreign mud”. pic.twitter.com/osDXEgIQJD
— Adam Schwarz (@AdamJSchwarz) June 5, 2022
The remarks sparked anger online, with political commentator Adam Schwarz saying: “A dollop of old-school British Empire xenophobia from Len Goodman on the BBC’s Jubilee cover: ‘Curry and curry power… my nan used to call it all foreign mud”.
“Yes, Goodman was quoting his nan, who was probably born in the 19th century. But if you share a racist quote, doing so by making a physical face at the target of racism and telling it as a supposedly humorous anecdote is not not a way to do it.
Another Twitter user tweeted: “Petition for the BBC and Len Goodman to apologize for his choice of words calling Coronation Chicken ‘foreign mud’ in his nan’s words apparently. Appalling and NO apology because of his age.
“We forgive older generations too much for things like this.”
Len Goodman on BBC1 talks about how his grandmother called curry powder “alien slime” with a laugh. It’s casual, just normal, to talk that way. Not an ounce of self-awareness.
— Liz Tray (@LizTray) June 5, 2022
User Claudia Boleyn said: “Not Len Goodman lovingly quoting how his nan called curry ‘foreign slime’ and that’s why he’s nervous about it now. This on the cover of BBC Jubilee.
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One user suggested Goodman revise his story.
She said: “Someone should tell Len Goodman Coronation Chicken is a British recipe, created for the Coronation by two English chefs. It is based on a dish created for George V in 1935 called Jubilee Chicken. Curry has been an integral part of our national diet for over 200 years.
“We wonder if Len Goodman has ever eaten pasta or anything from a pastry shop. And no, he’s not just reporting what his grandmother said, he’s telling us why he never tried something. At no point did he say, “Wait, ‘stranger’ doesn’t mean something is ‘shit’…”
Some have pointed out that Goodman himself was on a BBC program with Ainsley Harriet seven years ago in which he toured the UK in a bid to “educate his palate”.
Funny how Len Goodman is still pushing that line 7 years after literally doing a show with Ainsley Harriott tasting ‘foreign slime’
— Ginger Pirlo 🇧🇷 (@TheGingerPirlo_) June 5, 2022
And another added: ‘Len Goodman demonstrating another occasional ‘British tradition’ racism and they all laughed! The arrogance and perceived superiority over other nations is truly sickening! He should apologize!
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After Goodman’s comments, another guest, Torode, said “it was interesting, wasn’t it”, adding that his own grandmother would never have used curry powder and wouldn’t have known what the pasta was.
Host Young replied, “I changed my day. I changed my day.”
Later in the show, commentator Clare Balding apologized for Goodman’s remarks.
A BBC spokesperson confirmed that his apology “concerned remarks made during the section of the show” where Goodman made his comments.