Hear we go again. The BBC has fired presenter Carol Thatcher for referring to a tennis player as a ‘golliwog’.
Apparently, the remark was made ‘off-air’, but other presenters took exception and reported her for the comment.
I guess the first lesson is: make sure you know who your friends are.
So far as I’m concerned the Thatcher family are all a bunch of ignorant snobs (Carol is the daughter of Margaret, once prime minister of the UK) but I’m not sure this isn’t carrying political correctness to extremes.
Is it more likely, perhaps, the other presenters found Ms Thatcher intolerable, and seized the opportunity to drop her in it?
The Associated Press explains, in its article on the subject, that:
The word “golliwog,” referring to a black doll-like character, was once widely used including as the emblem of a leading make of British jam, but in recent decades has been dropped after claims it was racist.”
I fondly remember, as a small child, the cuddly toy golliwog I carried with me everywhere. I loved it. I also avidly collected all the Robertson’s jam golliwogs, and was the first in our street to have a full set.
I guess that stamps me as a racist. Now, I’ll never work for the BBC.
As a postscript, one of Britain’s most distinguished peers and politicians, Lord Tebbit, commented:
It does seem very odd that Jonathan Ross can be back broadcasting having made obscene, insulting remarks on the air, and Carol Thatcher, who said something which is allegedly highly offensive but which I rather doubt was meant to be so, in private, should be banned in this way.
“It is probably a bit of a way for the BBC to get back at Carol’s mother.”
Which adds absolutely nothing to the narrative, but does serve to demonstrate the standard of British nobility sitting in the Upper House of the British Parliament.
 “BBC drops Carol Thatcher over ‘golliwog’ remark” AFP, February 3rd 2009
 “Russell Brand resigns from BBC as Jonathan Ross apologises for ‘juvenile remarks'” Guardian, October 29th 2008
 “Golliwog remark gets Carol in a jam” ITV, February 4th 2009
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