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Thread #118462   Message #2561026
Posted By: Lizzie Cornish 1
08-Feb-09 - 02:08 PM
Thread Name: carol thatcher death threats
Subject: RE: carol thatcher death threats
Yes, some of that was in the Robertson's link too,

Taken from open mike's link above. to Wiki:

"In February 2009, Carol Thatcher, in an off-air conversation at the BBC, referred to the black French tennis player Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, competing in the Australian Open, as looking like a golliwog.[5] The comment was considered by the BBC as "wholly unacceptable" and Thatcher was informed that unless she apologised she would no longer be a reporter on BBC's The One Show. Thatcher stated that it was a silly joke and declined to make an "unconditional apology". Thatcher claimed that her comment was a reference to the golliwog motifs that she saw in her childhood on "jars of jam" (Robertson's Marmalade).[6]

The French publication Sportsweek claimed that Thatcher, in talking about a previous competition referred to another player as "the one who was defeated by the golliwog in the previous tour". The French publication, which showed a picture of Tsonga above a picture of a toy golliwog, claimed that Thatcher was "mortified" and that her comment was about the similarity of Tsonga's appearance to the doll that she had as a child.[7]"

As I said, Carol Thatcher has a lot to learn from Russell Brand.

I didn't know these bits:

Other meanings and in popular culture...........

......The American rock group Creedence Clearwater Revival was known as "The Golliwogs" and under this name they released a number of singles on the Fantasy label before they rose to prominence......

.....Golliwog is a solo-single by ABBA member Agnetha Fältskog from 1974....."