Saturday, June 10, 2006

Oh, Philip

Today according to Australian Eastern Standard Time when this item was posted
1921 Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom. Philip is famed for his racist comments.

He was born (on the dining-room table) at Mon Repos, his parents' small house on the island of Corfu, the son of Prince Andrew of Greece and Princess Alice of Battenberg, a great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom.

He is particularly known in Britain for his occasional gaffes when on public visits.

For example:
When visiting China in 1986, he told a group of British students, "If you stay here much longer, you'll all be slitty-eyed".
After accepting a gift from a Kenyan native he replied "You are a woman aren't you?"
"If it has four legs and is not a chair, has wings and is not an aeroplane, or swims and is not a submarine the Cantonese will eat it." (1986)
"British women can't cook." (1966)
Suggested the locals were cannibals on a visit to Papua New Guinea by asking a British student "You managed not to get eaten then?"
Asked a Scottish driving instructor "How do you keep the natives off the booze long enough for them to pass the driving test?"
Told a group of deaf school children at a fund raising event standing next to a Jamaican steel drum band "Deaf? No wonder you are deaf standing so close to that racket."
He asked an Australian Aborigine, "Still throwing spears?" (2002)
Said to a Briton in Budapest, Hungary, "You can't have been here that long -- you haven't got a pot belly." (1993)
To the President of Nigeria, who was dressed in traditional Muslim robes, "You look like you're ready for bed!"


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