Feb 5, 2009

Golliwog remark on Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is not a jolly good joke

BBC has fired Carol Thatcher, the daughter of former prime minister Margaret 'Iron Lady' Thatcher, from one of its shows after she referred a 'tennis player' as "golliwog" off-air.

Although a "golliwog" is a character found in 19th century children's literature inspired by a black-faced rag doll, the term is widely interpreted as racist.

A BBC spokesperson said there was a discussion about the Australian Open in the 'green room', and Carol referred one of the black tennis players
(supposedly Jo-Wilfried Tsonga) as a golliwog.

Well, Carol should have targeted Andy Murray during his bad hair days instead.

(Via Reuters; Image via Anorak News)

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