CLAIMS: Singer Kelis claims she was racially abused by a London airport worker
SINGER KELIS has launched an angry Twitter rant after claiming she was racially abused at a London airport.
The Milkshake star, who was returning to America after performing at Bestival on the Isle Of Wight over the weekend, claims that a “fat red faced sweaty man” called her a “slave” because he believed she had jumped the passport control queue.
“We get in the passport control line and apparently p**sed this one man off cause he thought I cut the line. Which wouldn’t be far fetched of me but this time I actually didn’t,” she explained.
This, she says, is when the man began his racist tirade.
“[He] 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. The man behind the passport desk laughed, shook his head in agreement I guess, and said “kunta kinte [sic],” she said.
Although the singer, who was with her two-year-old son, Knight, admits she retaliated to the racial taunts, she admitted that incident had made her believe the UK was 'decades behind progression'.
“We all no (sic) I'm no saint, so I retaliated. Not the way I wanted to or how that pig deserved. But #1 my gorgeous baby boy was literally sitting on my hip and #2 I'm a believer. And we are better. Supposed to be,” she said.
She continued: “I didn't say anything at the time of the riots in London for a lot of reasons. But I am in London all the time and today I'm gonna say that the racial issues in the UK are disgusting.
“Its racially decades behind progression because everything is swept under the rug. People don't talk about it. People don't fight about it. Not mentioning a problem doesn't make it go away.”
She added: “I bring it up now because as an American it is abundantly clear that my country has a Smorgasbord of disgusting racial problems.
Rude awakening: Kelis was queuing at passport control when the alleged incident took place
“We are the poster child for racial inequality even still with a black president. But its NO SECRET! And that I can fight against. I can try to prepare and teach my son. Because its out there. But you can't fight for or against something no one is willing to talk about or even admit exist.”
A spokesman for the Runnymede Trust, the U.K.’s leading independent race equality group, told WENN.com: “It’s worth noting that we’re not a multi-racial paradise in the U.K. but there is a fight back here, and there are lots of ways in which musicians like Kelis can contribute to that. Things like the UpRise music festival in London – 10,000 people making it clear they are against racism.
“But I don’t think we have got a huge amount to learn from America in terms of the racism that operates over there. We are struggling against racism in the same way as people are in the States.”