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Kelis Says UK Is 'Decades Behind' After Suffering Racial Absue In London

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By Harry Hamburg on Tuesday 13th September 2011

Kelis has described the UK's racial issues as “disgusting” after being racially abused by a middle-aged man at an airport over the weekend.

The 32-year-old R&B singer was queuing with her son at passport control after performing at Bestival when “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,” she said on Twitter.

Kelis was particularly upset at the lack of help she received: “All the while the entire line full of people I just sat on a plane with for almost 3 hours Over 50 people said nothing. I mean literally nothing. Didn't flinch.”

The R'n'B star, who had a hit with Calvin Harris on 'Bounce' this year, went on to comment about the larger issue of racism in the UK, saying “The racial issues in the uk are disgusting. Its racially Decades behind progression,” adding “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.”

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