Paloma Faith mocked by Londoners for her Cockney accent

Singer-songwriter Paloma Faith’s debut album ‘Do You Want the Truth or Something
Beautiful?’ sold more than 400,000 albums, but the 26 year-old admits that she still
suffers discrimination because she talks with a Cockney accent:

‘I don’t understand why the accent you speak in has to indicate what level of
intellect you have.

‘Sometimes you can feel a bit of a novelty but I know that most of the time people
in the end after talking to me go, ‘She’s actually quite intelligent’. And I’m like, ‘p***

Faith grew up in Hackney with her mother and went to Islington Green
Comprehensive, which she remembers as ‘really, really rough.’

Following a degree at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds, the
style icon returned to London in 2006 to work towards an MA in theatre and
design at Central Saint Martins. The university has educated the likes of Mike Leigh,
Christopher Kane, Alexander McQueen and Joe Strummer.

It was here that she first experienced discrimination, when a professor at the
university mocked her dropped vowels.

She said: ‘Funny isn’t it. I met an amazing cab driver recently and he said, ‘You get
these idiots who talk to you like you don’t know anything’. I thought it was odd that
he’d experienced it as well. It’s just sad, but it’s their own problem really.’

Central Saint Martins is part of the University of the Arts London, which has strict
anti-discrimination policy. A spokesman said:

‘The university is home to a diverse community of staff and students from many
different backgrounds, and that diversity is a big part of our strength, so we take
Paloma’s comments very seriously. We oppose any kind of discrimination and our
teaching staff undergo ‘fairness in selecting students’ training to ensure a level
playing field for all applicants.’

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