Nella Rose has made headlines once again following a conversation between herself and politician Nigel Farage which aired on ITV’s Celebrity Big Brother Tuesday evening.
Farage, known for his far-right political stance and former leader of UKIP, a political party which many view to possess racist and classists policies, began questioning on the late-night reality show why as a white man, he can expect to be condemned for mimicking a Jamaican accent.
Of course, Nella then joined in the discussion, which remained calm and respectful throughout.
Often referred to as the UK Black community’s national treasure, Nella simply informed Farage that context is of great importance when discussing cultural ‘do’s and don’t ’s ’. For example, if you were to mimic a African accent distastefully or as an insult, that’s unacceptable or “taking the p*ss” as Nella phrased it. However, in the instances of close friendship or friendliness, it would be okay.
Farage decided to disregard the idea of context in this conversation and instead termed the explanation as a situation where you can never “win”.
The conversation then moved on to culturally acceptable fancy dress costumes where Mr. Farage appeared frustrated at the likelihood that dressing as ‘Mexican’ would be deemed ‘cultural appropriation’. Nella stepped in again to remind the politician that it’s reasonable for people of a certain culture to perhaps feel unsettled with their traditions and history being used a “costume” or “a joke”, to which Farage responded, “I don’t know what the rules are Nella”.
Following their respectful back and forth, Nella was immediately approached by Jamie Lynn Spears, young sister of popstar Britney, who consoled her and reassured her that she agreed with her stance. Spears praised, “You carry yourself like a f*cking queen”.
“It doesn’t bother me because I expect it from him”, Nella says to Jamie. “But it’s the delusion that confuses me”, she concludes.
This is the second time Nella and Nigel have shared their polarising opinions with one another, following a discussion about immigration earlier on in the competition.