Strictly Star Len Goodman’s ‘Foreign Muck’ Comment During Platinum Jubilee Asks BBC Apology

Len Goodman has sparked a backlash after speaking on BBC One about a memory he had of his grandmother calling curry “foreign junk”. The former Strictly Come Dancing head judge discussed his first time eating coronation chicken with host Kirsty Young as part of Sunday’s Jubilee Pageant.

He said he was initially “concerned” about trying the dish, as his grandmother had always referred to curry and curry powder as “foreign manure”. He said, “My wife did Coronation Chicken for our tea yesterday and I’ve never had it before. I’ve never had curry and curry powder, you know, my grandma used to call it all foreign junk. I used to worry about But I have to say it was ridiculous – it was really tasty. It was so tasty. I had my first tasting of Coronation Chicken yesterday,” reports the Manchester Evening News.

Social media was immediately furious: “Not that Len Goodman lovingly quoted how his grandmother called curry ‘foreign muck’ and that’s why he’s nervous about it now. This on the BBC Jubilee coverage,” Claudia Boleyn bellowed.

Paul Rayment commented: “Len Goodman at the BBC says he only ate Coronation Chicken yesterday, and he made a disgusted face at the idea of ​​curry powder and reminisced about how his grandmother called it foreign mud. It sounds charming.”

Pablo Blanco tweeted: “Someone tells Len Goodman Coronation Chicken is a British recipe made for the coronation by two English chefs. Based on a 1935 George V dish called Jubilee Chicken. Curry has been making over Part of our national diet year for 200 years, and I’m sure even his grandmother isn’t that old.”

Goodman had his supporters, with @cat186 saying: “I’m sure there will be some outrage at Len Goodman’s comments about curry powder. He was quoting his grandmother and so clearly referring to old-fashioned attitudes.”

And You Lazy wrote: “Len Goodman said his grandma didn’t like curry or curry powder and called it foreign junk, you had to chuckle. Remember Len’s Nan grew up in a time of empire, xenophobia and racism, hopefully the times are over Len’s grandma’s day.”

Later on the BBC’s broadcast of the Jubilee Pageant, commentator Clare Balding apologized for the “previous comments,” according to the Telegraph. A BBC spokesperson confirmed to the newspaper that her apology “related to comments made during the portion of the show” where Len was speaking.

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