Great British Bake Off’s Ali Imdad was subjected to racial abuse as he travelled home by bus on Monday night.
The 32-year-old chef and television personality, who came ninth in the BBC’s fourth series of the show, was accused by a female passenger of ‘all these bombings’ and quizzed on where his parents were born.
Imdad claimed he was then asked to get off the bus by the driver, which ‘made him feel like a criminal’.
He filmed the exchange with the woman and shared the clip on his Twitter and Instagram page, captioned: ‘Not only was I called a bomber and accused of ruining the country for being Asian, when I challenged the Karen, the driver threatened to throw ME off the @nxwestmidlands bus.
‘In a packed bus, no one said a thing.’
In another post, he wrote: ‘No. Despite the undying urge to, I did not reply with “I was on the Great British Bake Off b***h, you can’t get any more British than that.”‘
In the video, the woman was heard saying: ’50 years ago – there was no Asians. Now it’s everywhere.’
Mr Imdad responded: ‘So?’
‘What have you done to the country?’ replied the woman, prompting Imdad to say: ‘What have I done to the country? What have you done to the country?’
The woman then stated: ‘All these bombings.’
‘Oh, so I have done the bombings?’ Mr Imdad asked, to which the woman said: ‘Yes, people like you.’
Seconds later, the attacker asked: ‘Were your mum and dad born in this country?’
Speaking about how he felt during the exchange, Mr Imdad told MailOnline: ‘It is just so infuriating – I am just trying to get home.
‘Just for existing, just because my skin pigments are slightly darker than hers, I am not only victimised I am made to feel like I am the criminal by being told to get off the bus because I am defending my human rights.’
Mr Imdad has reported the incident to the West Midlands police.
A National Express West Midlands spokeswoman said: ‘National Express West Midlands takes strong action on racial abuse.
‘We encourage anyone experiencing hate crime on public transport to report it to West Midlands Safer Travel police.
‘We have crystal clear CCTV on all National Express buses and we will make the footage available to the police to help with any investigation.
‘National Express West Midlands will also investigate this incident and take any action necessary in line with our staff disciplinary procedures.’
West Midlands Police told Metro.co.uk: ‘We’re investigating an alleged hate crime after a man was racially and verbally abused by another passenger while onboard the 94 bus on Corporation Street, Birmingham at around 6.15pm, Sunday 20 December.
‘Enquiries continue and anyone with information is asked to contact us via live chat at west-midlands.police.uk between 8am and midnight, or call 101 anytime. Crimestoppers can be called anonymously on 0800 555 111. Please quote crime reference 20BW/317986M/20.’
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