Kirstie Allsopp is ditching Twitter claiming Brits can't take a joke
If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.
And that is what Kirstie Allsopp, of Channel 4's Location, Location, Location,is doing. She has had enough. After sparking a fierce Twitter debate about washing machines in kitchens, the star has ditched Twitter comment, saying Brexiting Brits can't take a joke.
Writing an opinion piece in The Guardian, Allsopp says "Twitter and I have had to part. What finally did for our relationship was a row over a washing machine".
Allsopp's initial Tweet said she found the concept of washing machine in the kitchen "disgusting". She hasn't changed her mind.
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"You can argue that the use of the word "disgusting" was unwise, but I have always thought that the combination of food preparation and clothes washing in a kitchen was strange, to say the least. But I took it for granted that using a phrase like "my life's work" indicated that this was a humorous remark in a not-very-serious debate about national peculiarities. Clearly, no one's life's work is dedicated to such a thing.
"But what started as a fun debate provoked blind fury. I was immediately attacked and mocked for talking about "first-world problems", and failing to understand that most people lack the space to house a washing machine anywhere other than in their kitchen.
"Well, despite a privileged upbringing, I am not unaware of the lack of space in many homes. Indeed, I have spent the last 18 years crisscrossing the UK trying to find homes that properly accommodate people. It is absurd for anyone to suggest that my objection to washing machines in kitchens reveals a lack of knowledge of "real homes" or "the real world". Short of a surveyor, district nurse or gas meter reader, there are few jobs that give one more access than mine does to such a diverse range of British dwellings."
Allsopp says Britain is one of the few countries where people have the habit of keeping washing machines in the kitchen.
"But if it wasn't clear to me from the Brexit referendum, it is very clear to me now that the British think the way we do things is the right way – better than anyone else's. And if you point out that something we do is peculiar, you had better brace yourself. Because it doesn't go down well.
"So it's goodbye to the little white bird. I still have strong views about everything from fertility education to the evils of boarding school, good step-parenting and litter, but I have never sought arguments for their own sake. I will still retweet the work of the charities I support. I will also link my Instagram to my Twitter feed. But fun debate about random topics, serious and silly, is over. I will know less, and laugh less, and be less connected. And the tabloids will eventually kill the golden goose that has laid so many eggs for them."