Boris Johnson Defends Prince Philip's Racist Remarks: 'World Did Not Hold It Against Him'

Written by on April 12, 2021

In a tribute to Prince Philip, United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson determined to deliver up a number of the late Duke of Edinburgh’s racist remarks after which falsely claimed that “the world didn’t maintain it in opposition to him.” 

“It’s true that [Philip] often drove a coach and horses by the finer factors of diplomatic protocol,” Johnson stated throughout a speech to Parliament on Monday. He added that the Duke of Edinburgh had “coined a brand new phrase, dontopedalogy: the expertise of placing your foot in your mouth.” 

The prime minister then unnecessarily revisited some examples: “He informed a British scholar in Papua New Guinea that he was fortunate to not be eaten, and the folks of the Cayman Islands that they have been descended from pirates,” he stated, citing incidents from 1998 and 1994, respectively.  

Papua New Guinea is a former colony of Australia and a part of the British Commonwealth, and the Cayman Islands are a British territory. 

“The world didn’t maintain it in opposition to him,” Johnson claimed, falsely. “Quite the opposite, they overwhelmingly understood he was making an attempt to interrupt the ice … to get folks laughing and to overlook their nerves.” 

As U.Ok. reporter Nadine White identified on Twitter, many individuals of colour have been “deeply upset” and offended by Prince Philip’s racism. 

Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, died at age 99 on Friday.

In his over 22,000 public engagements in his many years representing the monarchy, Philip made many racist and in any other case offensive remarks. In 1986, he informed British college students in China that “in case you keep right here for much longer, you’ll all be slitty-eyed.” In 1999, he stated that an outdated fuse field in a manufacturing facility “appears to be like as if it was put in by an Indian.” That very same 12 months, Philip requested British politician Lord Taylor of Warwick, who’s Black, “What unique a part of the world do you come from?” Taylor replied: “Birmingham.”

In 2002, Philip requested Australian Aboriginal chief William Brin if members of his neighborhood have been “nonetheless throwing spears.” The identical 12 months, he requested younger folks on the Bangladesh Youth Membership in London, “Who’s on medication right here?” In 2003, Philip informed the then-president of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, who was carrying conventional garb: “You appear like you’re prepared for mattress.”


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