Len Goodman has sparked a backlash after speaking on BBC One about a memory he had of his grandmother calling curry “foreign mud”. The former Strictly Come Dancing chief judge was discussing his first time eating coronation chicken with host Kirsty Young as part of Sunday’s Jubilee Pageant.
He said he was initially “worried” about trying the dish because his grandmother had always referred to curry and curry powder as “foreign mud”. He said: “My wife made coronation chicken yesterday for our tea and I’ve never had it before. I’ve never had curry and curry powder, you know my grandma had it. used to call it foreign mud. I was always worried about But I must say it was ridiculous – it was really good. It was so good. I had my first sample of Coronation Chicken yesterday.
Social media reacted instantly with fury, reported the Manchester evening news.: “It’s not Len Goodman lovingly quoting how his grandmother called curry ‘foreign mud’ and that’s why he’s nervous about it now. This on the BBC’s Jubilee cover”, fumed Claudia Boleyn.
Paul Rayment commented: “Len Goodman on the BBC says he only ate chicken at the coronation yesterday, grimacing in disgust at the thought of curry powder and remembering how his grandmother called him foreign mud. He looks lovely.”
Pablo Blanco tweeted: “Someone told Len Goodman Coronation Chicken is a British recipe, created for Coronation by two English chefs. Based on a dish created for George V in 1935 called Jubilee Chicken. Curry is part of our diet national for over 200 years, and I’m sure even her grandmother isn’t that old.”
Goodman had his supporters, with @cat186 saying, “I’m sure Len Goodman’s comments about curry powder will cause some outrage. He was quoting his nan and so was obviously referring to old-school attitudes.”
And You Lazy wrote: “Len Goodman saying his nan didn’t like curry or curry powder calling it foreign slime you must be laughing.”
Later in the broadcast of the Jubilee Pageant on the BBC, commentator Clare Balding apologized for the comments “made earlier”, according to the Telegraph. A BBC spokesman confirmed to the newspaper that his apology “concerned remarks made during the section of the show” in which Len was speaking.
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