Queer Eye star Tan France said the existence of “some very vocal racists” in the UK made it difficult for him to live in the country.
he stylist and presenter, 38, was born in Doncaster to Muslim Pakistani parents but now lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with his husband and young son Ismail.
His move to the United States at the age of 24 was prompted in part by the racism he experienced at home.
Speaking to Radio Times, France said he was “still very British” because “that’s where my story started”.
He added: “I love the British and love coming to the UK but there are some very vocal racists who make it difficult for me to live there.
“Americans know they are a pretty racist country. You know racism is a real problem.
“In the UK, however, we bury our heads in the sand and pretend that’s not a problem.”
France, who is hosting a new BBC documentary on colorism, previously wrote in his memoir about bleaching his skin at the age of nine.
Speaking of the cosmetic whitening process, he said: “Elders encourage you to find a way to be as white as possible by staying out of the sun and – this is going to sound ridiculous – avoiding dark foods that could encourage the skin to darken.” .
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“But I didn’t tell anyone about bleaching because I was embarrassed. You learn pretty early on to hide the way you try to be as fair-skinned as possible.”
When I heard Meghan and Harry’s stuff about the baby’s skin color, it didn’t shock me at allTan France
France, who gained American citizenship in 2020, also said he wasn’t shocked by the Duchess of Sussex’s claim that an unnamed royal had raised concerns with Harry about how dark her son Archie’s skin tone might have been before he was born.
He said: “When I heard Meghan and Harry’s stuff about the baby’s skin colour, it didn’t shock me at all.
“Luckily my family knows not to say that stupid shit to me and they would never have asked how fair skinned Ismail was when he was born.
“But my son is mixed race – half white, half Pakistani – so they would have assumed he was fair-skinned.
“Well no, luckily my family didn’t ask, but it’s the most common question when a South Asian baby is born. And apparently when a royal baby is born.”
Tan France: Beauty And The Bleach airs April 27 on BBC Two.
Read the full interview in the Radio Times, available now.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/tan-france-says-some-very-vocal-racists-make-it-difficult-to-live-in-uk-41564979.html Tan France says ‘some very vocal racists’ are making the UK difficult to live in