GB News: Simon McCoy outraged at 'curry' being called racist
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The internet erupted in debate after food blogger Chaheti Bansal, 27, uploaded a video which has been viewed over 3.6 million times, saying the word “curry” has been misused by “white people” to depict any dish made in India. She said: “There’s a saying that the food in India changes every 100km and yet we’re still using this umbrella term popularised by white people who couldn’t be bothered to learn the actual names of our dishes.”
But the word “curry” refers more to the British adaptation of Indian cuisine than it does to native Indian cooking, according to 60 percent of voters in a poll of 6,726 people held between 5pm August 9 and 9.30am August 11.
On reader commented: “The curry us Brits eat is a British dish now, none of the curries we like are pure or classic Indian dishes, they’ve morphed into versions that the British like and prefer.”
Another voter joked: “Does she expect the curry mile in Manchester to change its name to ‘the spicy food of various ethnic areas mile’?”
However, 26 percent of people said that the term “curry” does refer predominantly to native Indian dishes, while 14 percent of people were in two minds over whether it was more of a British or an Indian term.
Peter Bishop commented: “Curry is curry. Yes it’s from Indian dishes but I love the taste! Just as I LOVE my London pride pint every day after work.”
When asked whether Britons should stop saying “let’s go for a curry” when referring to an Indian takeaway, a huge 95 percent of voters said that there’s nothing wrong with the term so they will not stop using it.
Only three percent of people said they are happy to use whatever terminology Indian people are more comfortable with, and two percent of people said we should not use “curry” as a generalising term.
One reader said: “It may be better to ban the woke and leave everything they want banned alone.”
Someone else joked: “Does this mean I can’t go out for a Chinese?”
While another voter commented: “‘Let’s get a curry’ is used as a generic term partly because one doesn’t know precisely which named dish one will have until one sees the menu.
“Maybe we need to choose our dish before we leave the house, so we can avoid using the generic term everyone knows?
“Who’s coming for a moong dhal makhani?”
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