The Carol Thatcher incident appears to be very similar to the Prince Harry debacle written about here a few weeks ago, one where a public figure uses a derogatory and socially unacceptable term to describe or refer to someone of a different ethnic minority. For Prince Harry it was ‘Paki’: Carol Thatcher ‘golliwog’. For those who are unaware of the story, here is a precised version from the Guardian website:
Carol Thatcher faces being banned from the BBC after she referred to a tennis player as a “golliwog”.
Thatcher, the daughter of former prime minister Lady Thatcher, made the remark in a private conversation in the green room of The One Show after the broadcast of the BBC1 programme on Thursday night.
According to insiders, Thatcher – who won ITV1 reality series I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! in 2005 – was chatting with The One Show host Adrian Chiles and guest Jo Brand about the Australian Open when she described an unnamed player as a “golliwog”.