Uber Eats cuts ties with comic Guz Khan after 'disgusting' Priti jibe

Uber Eats cuts ties with BBC comedian Guz Khan who fronted their ads after his ‘disgusting’ jibe accusing Home Secretary Priti Patel of not liking curry

  • Uber Eats understood to have no plans to work with comedian  Guz Khan again 
  • It came after post of comic asking ‘Shall we have a curry for dinner tonight Priti?’
  • Tweet sparked vile slurs calling her ‘coconut’ and a ‘coconut curry type of girl’ 
  • Comic’s post was met with fury from social media users who leapt to her defence

A BBC comedian will no longer work with a food firm he fronted after a racially-charged jibe on Twitter to Home Secretary Priti Patel about her not liking curry.

Guz Khan, who appears on BBC3 show Man Like Mobeen, had been the face of delivery company Uber Eats, who had used him in a series of adverts.

But this afternoon the MailOnline learned the firm have no plans to work with him again.

It came after his social media posting sparked a string of disgusting responses branding her a ‘coconut’, a racist slur accusing someone of betraying their heritage.

The nut is used in this way as insult because it is brown on the outside and white on the inside.

Khan posted a photo of Ms Patel pulling a face with the message: ‘Shall we have a curry for dinner tonight Priti?’

Guz Khan had appeared on a series of adverts for Uber Eats that had appeared over the past few months

He had been featured in a number of adverts over the past few months for an Uber Eats campaign called Bring It.

It is understood is no longer contracted to do any further work for the company.

In the commercials he stared as a ‘charismatic and energetic courier’ and saw him deliver punchlines and advice on his deliveries. 

After his tweet last month social media users had piled in with vile offensive tweets.

The tweet, posted by Guz Khan, who appears on BBC3 show Man Like Mobeen, has caused outrage on social media

A number of Twitter users made vile comments about the Home Secretary branding her a ‘coconut’, a racial slur

Guz Khan, who appears on BBC3 show Man Like Mobeen, posted a photo of Ms Patel pulling a face with the message: ‘Shall we have a curry for dinner tonight Priti?’

The worst saw one call Mrs Patel a ‘coconut’ with another adding ‘she’s more of a coconut curry type of girl to be honest….’

A senior Tory source told MailOnline: ‘Full credit to Uber for acting swiftly to drop this nasty character. One can only assume they were concerned that associating with this individual would damage their reputation. Of course the BBC doesn’t have to worry about promoting people who make such disgusting remarks, as they can prosecute you for not paying for their services.

‘The vast majority of licence fee payers will be disgusted to learn that that their money is providing a platform for someone who thinks it is acceptable in this day and age to speak about people like this.

The comedian’s tweet came on June 11 the same day the Home Secretary had to hit back at 31 Labour MPs who accused her of ‘gaslighting’ BLM protesters by talking about her own experiences of racism. 

Twitter users reacted with fury at the joke from Gaz Khan this afternoon, describing it as ‘unfunny’ ‘rude’ and ‘racist’

 

Priti Patel allies hit back over comedian’s racially-charged curry jibe 

Allies of Priti Patel have hit back after a comedian made a racially-charged jibe on twitter about her not liking curry.

Guz Khan, who appears on BBC3 show Man Like Mobeen, posted a photo of Ms Patel pulling a face with the message: ‘Shall we have a curry for dinner tonight Priti?’ 

Followers piled in to describe her as the ‘biggest coconut going’, while another jibed that she ‘eats daal with a knife and fork’. 

However, one reply said: ””It’s not racist when we do it to Priti”’. Some people in these comments need to think about their attitudes.’ 

An ally of the Home Secretary said: ‘In the week where she spoke movingly about the racist abuse she has faced all her live to get this from another person of colour is beyond ironic 

The Home Secretary, who has revealed her own experiences of racist abuse, reacted furiously after Labour frontbenchers signed a letter criticising the way she spoke about her own background as the daughter of Gujarati refugees from Uganda.

Ms Patel said she would not be silenced by Labour MPs who dismiss ‘the contributions of those who don’t conform to their view of how ethnic minorities should behave.’

Khan’s divisive tweet was met with fury from other social media users who leapt to the defence of the under-fire Home Secretary.

One user said: ‘It’s not racist when we do it Priti’ and another said the tweet was yet another example of that the left is ‘kind and tolerant’. 

Other Twitter users piled in to criticise the tweet, which is still up despite the backlash. 

One user said: ‘You’re right, if anyone doubts that racism is alive and well in this country, some of these replies should show them how wrong they are.’

Nikki Stix said: ‘Wow so edgy. If this is the only way you can get attention, that’s pretty desperate’ and Beth Rosenberg said ‘comedians are meant to be funny’

The BBC did not respond to requests to comment when approached by the MailOnline last month.

Uber declined to comment. 

The PR representing Khan did not respond to a request for a comment. 

Daughter of Gujarati Ugandan Asians whose conservative values were forged working alongside her parents in the family newsagents 

Priti Patel was brought back in to the heart of Government in July, less than two years after quitting the Cabinet in disgrace.

The daughter of Gujarati Ugandan Asian who fled the regime of Idi Amin, she picked up her Tory values and work ethic from her parents.

The right-winger and vocal Brexiteer was brought into one of the top political posts after being forced to resign by Theresa May over secret meetings with Israeli officials, including prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. 

Originally from Gujarat in India, her maternal family moved to Uganda in the early 20th century and prospered in business.

But like all the 80,000 Asians living there, they were expelled by the murderous dictator Idi Amin in the Seventies and had all their possessions seized.

Her parents, Sushil and Anjana, initially lodged in one small room in North London while he completed his studies in engineering.

Eventually, they were able to buy a small house in Harrow and used that to secure a bank loan for their first shop, a newsagent in Tottenham.

Priti and her younger sister and brother were frequently called upon to work alongside their parents in the several shops and sub-post offices they ran in Nottingham, Ipswich and Norwich.

When Priti became secondary school age, the family bought an upmarket chocolate shop in Hertfordshire where there were good state schools, including Watford Grammar where she was head girl.

The family were ‘very outward facing, very international but we’re very conservative in terms of our values,’ she says. ‘My parents are shopkeepers and had a hard time getting established in the UK.’

The experience informed her politics — just as it did the young Thatcher, daughter of a Grantham grocer. 

Elected to Parliament in 2010 at the age of 38, Ms Patel achieved ministerial rank four years later as exchequer secretary to the Treasury, before promotion to employment minister following David Cameron’s 2015 general election victory.

She was one of the ministers who took advantage of Mr Cameron’s decision to allow members of his Government to argue on both sides of the EU referendum and played a prominent role in the Leave campaign.

Her appointment as international development secretary was greeted with concern by some in the aid community, who recalled that she had previously called for her new ministry to be replaced by a Department for International Trade and Development with greater focus on boosting UK business opportunities in the developing world.

Her views on the death penalty were thrust into the spotlight in 2011 when she used an appearance on Question Time to say she would ‘support the reintroduction of capital punishment to serve as a deterrent’ to ‘murderers and rapists’ who re-offend.

But in 2016, she told MPs that she did not support the death penalty.

The 47-year-old Witham MP was born in Harrow, north London, the daughter of parents who came to Britain from Idi Amin’s Uganda in the 1960s.

She studied at a comprehensive school in Watford before taking a degree in economics, sociology and social anthropology at Keele University and a post-graduate diploma in government and politics at Essex.

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