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Estelle criticises Paxman’s Dizzee interview

By | Published on Friday 19 December 2008

Estelle has criticised Jeremy Paxman over that interview he did with Dizzee Rascal on Newsnight early last month.

She thinks the TV journalist treated Mr Rascal badly, and told The New Statesman: “I was like, ‘He is taking you for an idiot right now! Did no-one brief you?’ Paxman’s not going to get away with asking me, ‘Do I think I’m British?'”

Dizzee’s response at the time was: “Course I’m British, man – you know me. It doesn’t matter what colour you are. It matters what colour your heart is man, and your intentions. I think a black man, purple man, martian man could run the country as long as he does right by the people”.

The BBC responded to Estelle’s comments like this: “The topics being discussed were race, nationality and identity, and this question was a natural part of that discussion”.