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Giles Coren : biography

29 July 1969 -

Giles Coren (born 29 July 1969) is a British food critic, television presenter and novelist. He is known for expressing controversial opinions, and for his television appearances with the comedian Sue Perkins.


Leaked e-mail to subeditors

On 23 July 2008 The Guardian 's media blog published an email from Coren to sub-editors at The Times. Coren's internal Times email used profanity, the use of which he defends, to take issue with a colleague's removal of an indefinite article (an "a") from his piece, which he believed ruined the joke in his last line. Coren said a joke was lost in the change from "a nosh" to "nosh"; a word derived from Yiddish, which he doubted his editors knew better than him. The Daily Telegraph said the incident was "not the first time the critic has been caught out writing abusive emails to colleagues". The exchange was reprinted in the American magazine Harper's in October 2008.

Polish controversy

In his next article, on 26 July 2008, Coren said his Jewish ancestors had been persecuted by Poles. He stated that Poles used to burn Jews in synagogues for entertainment at Easter; and that Poland is in denial about its role in the Holocaust. He used the racial slur "Polack" to describe immigrant Poles, arguing that "if England is not the land of milk and honey it appeared to them three or four years ago, then, frankly, they can clear off out of it".

Coren's piece led to many Times letters protesting against anti-Polish sentiment and detailing the rescue of Jews by Poles during the Holocaust. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Prof. Antony Polonsky wrote: "Coren is incorrect to state that there have been no attempts to deal with the complex and painful Polish-Jewish past." Polish ambassador Barbara Tuge-Erecińska wrote: "the issue of Polish–Jewish relations has been unfairly and deeply falsified." Coren's comments led to a complaint to the Press Complaints Commission, an early day motion in the UK parliament, UK Parliament, 19 November 2008 and a critical editorial in The Economist.

Coren responded: "I wrote in passing that the Poles remain in denial about their responsibility for the Holocaust. How gratifying, then, to see so many letters in The Times in the subsequent days from Poles denying their responsibility for the Holocaust.". He also told The Jewish Chronicle: "Fuck the Poles". After the Press Complaints Commission rejected their complaint because the criticism had been of a group rather than an individual, the Federation of Poles in Great Britain lodged a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights. Coren continues to court controversy by posting an article in faux-Polish-illiterate usage in the Times, complaining ironically about the presence of Poles in the UK despite Coren claiming not to live in the UK."Today I am make first column in Polski"The Times, 2nd Feb 2013

Mediawatch complaint over Twitter posting

On 14 January 2010 Coren attracted criticism after he posted on his Twitter feed: "Next door have bought their 12-year-old son a drum kit. For fuck's sake! Do I kill him then burn it? Or do I fuck him, then kill him then burn it?" Vivienne Pattison, director of watchdog Mediawatch UK, condemned the remark as "very bad taste". Coren later posted: "Oh hell's bells. Look, can I just say I didn't kill the kid, or have sex with him. And anyway he's not real. And I live in Vienna."

Privacy injunction and alleged contempt of court

On 13 May 2011, Coren attracted more controversy after joking about a privacy injunction by posting on his Twitter feed: "god, ANOTHER injunction tonight. another footballer. and SUCH a boring one. fucking shit midfielder... he's yet another very ugly married man who's been carrying on with a gold-digging flopsie he should have seen coming a MILE away...". Then on 14 May he tweeted "Gareth Barry looks remarkably relaxed when you consider that... first touch for gareth barry... not according to what i've heard... time for a bet. what chance Barry to score? tiny fiver on barry to score at 22–1. wdv been nice to get a double with giggs in the match before.. Barry's been pulled off...". This was later deleted but was archived. The political blogger Paul Staines, who writes under the pen name "Guido Fawkes", commented: "It is late, you’ve had a few drinks, you tweet something you wouldn’t if you were sober", and added: "This is possibly Coren’s funniest work for ages…"

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