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This Daily Mail article about Bake Off's Nadiya is not as vile as it seems

This Daily Mail article about Bake Off's Nadiya is not as vile as it seems

Another day another excerpt from the Daily Mail is causing outrage on Twitter.

But this time, is it actually justified?

The DM has come under fire numerous times for its coverage of The Great British Bake Off, slamming the BBC for its alleged PC, leftie-loving, "right on" agenda.

When 19-year-old Flora missed out on a place in the semi-finals the Mail suggested she would've stood a better chance "if she’d made a chocolate mosque".

And, when a British Muslim was crowned winner, the paper broke its three-year tradition of splashing the champion across its front page... Instead, relegating the event to page seven.

However, its latest coverage is not as noxious as Twitter would have you believe.

This isolated quote from a column by Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, a self-proclaimed "leftie liberal, anti-racist, feminist, Shia Muslim, part-Pakistani, and... a very responsible person", may seem like DM bile but in the wider context of the article is far from the usual slurring the paper is famed for publishing.

In fact, this piece is a detailed exploration of what it means to be a British Muslim as well as a sincere applauding of Nadiya and what she has achieved in terms of breaking stereotypes.

For example, what a different story this extract tells:

By winning the show with such grace, humour and dignity, Nadiya has done more to further the cause of Asian women - and men - than countless government policies, think-tanks, initiatives and councils put together have achieved in the past half-century.

Or this:

This couldn’t be more timely because intolerance and suspicion of Muslims is rising as British-born Jihadis plot atrocities against the country they call home.

Or this:

We all owe Nadiya a debt of gratitude, not just for entertaining us with her pastries and sponges, but for teaching us what it is to be British in 2015.

So, what lesson can be learned from this?

Context is key... even in the pages of the Daily Mail.

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