Kelis clears up airport confusion

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Last week, London hit the headlines – for all the wrong reasons. Forget London Fashion Week or the premiere of Broken Glass at the Vaudeville – the Arthur Miller play starring Tara Fitzgerald, that opened to critical acclaim. No London was all over the front pages of the popular press, following US singer Kelis’ claim that she had been branded a “slave” by a “red face sweaty man” who accused her of queue jumping.

Kelis took to Twitter to tell her fans and followers how an official behind the passport desk had laughed and said “Kunta Kinte” (the name of a slave in author Alex Haley’s bestselling book Roots).

She wrote: “I am in London all the time and today I’m gonna say that the racial issues in the UK are disgusting. It’s racially decades behind progression because everything is swept under the rug. People don’t talk about it. People don’t fight about it”.

Kelis continued: “This fat red faced sweaty “man” (I use the word man loosely here) started calling me a slave and told me to call him sir and how I was probably a disgusting Nigerian. He called me Kunta Kinte and ranted and raved some more.”

Make no mistake: the CD-Traveller team was alarmed to hear what had happened to the Milkshaker singer. Racism has no place in the capital – or indeed anywhere in the world –and it’s an issue that make no mistake, does need to be addressed.

But we’re also alarmed by Kelis’ lack of accuracy. It now transpires that the alleged incident happened – at the hands of a Brit – but in Spain, and not at Gatwick after all.

It’s great that Kelis has cleared up the confusion, but what a shame that London (although in no way a multi racial paradise) was dragged through the mud in the process.

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