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Posted: 5/2/2002 2:52:27 PM EDT
Prince Philip jokes about the blind and the anorexic Thu May 2, 2:36 PM ET By JANE WARDELL, Associated Press Writer LONDON - Gaffe-prone Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II (news - web sites), told a joke about people with eating disorders and the blind on Thursday that seemed to surprise a crowd at a public appearance. Philip was visiting Exeter Cathedral with his wife as part of her Golden Jubilee tour of Britain when he spotted blind woman Susan Edwards and her guide dog in the crowd waiting for the royal visitors. "Do you know they have eating dogs for the anorexic now?" he asked Edwards. Although she didn't seem to react, people standing nearby raised their eyebrows without saying anything. Philip is renowned for his quips and forthright opinions. He has generated newspaper headlines several times by making unguarded comments while accompanying the queen on official royal tours around the world. Earlier this year, he asked Australian aborigines if they still threw spears at each other. Again in Australia, in 1998, he suggested that tribes in Papua New Guinea were still cannibals. "You managed not to get eaten, then?" he asked a student who had just returned from walking the Kokoda trail. In the Cayman Islands, in 1994, he asked a wealthy islander: "Aren't most of you descended from pirates?" And in China, during the 1986 state visit, he described Peking as "ghastly" and told British students: "If you stay here much longer, you'll all be slitty-eyed." Back home, Philip sparked controversy on a 1999 trip to a factory near Edinburgh, Scotland. Pointing to an old-fashioned fusebox, he said it looked as if it had been "put in by an Indian." More eyebrows were raised after he compared a cricket bat to a gun amid calls to ban firearms after the 1996 shooting of 16 children at an elementary school in Dunblane, Scotland. "If a cricketer, for instance, suddenly decided to go into a school and batter a lot of people to death with a cricket bat, which he could do very easily, I mean, are you going to ban cricket bats?" Philip asked. On Thursday, the royal couple were on the second day of the queen's 15-week nationwide Jubilee tour, marking her 50 years on the British throne. Throughout the tour of Devon, Cornwall and Somerset in southwest England, tens of thousands of people lined the streets to welcome the queen with cheers, flowers and flags. She thanked the public for helping to ease her sadness after the deaths of the Queen Mother Elizabeth and Princess Margaret earlier this year. "Your celebration of my reign has brought home to me with renewed force how much I owe to you all for your loyalty and support over the last half century," she said.
Link Posted: 5/2/2002 3:03:33 PM EDT
"Do you know they have eating dogs for the anorexic now"
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jeez whatta maroon....If your gonna be un-PC at least try to be funny....I guess thats what in-breading gets you....the inability for your blood to clot and this.....
Link Posted: 5/2/2002 3:12:09 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Mordwyn: jeez whatta maroon....If your gonna be un-PC at least try to be funny....I guess thats what in-breading gets you....the inability for your blood to clot and this.....
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Did you also read the part about the banning of weapons after the school massacre? On the contrary, aside from being crass the man shows remarkable common sense.
Link Posted: 5/2/2002 3:13:28 PM EDT
Originally Posted By TxDoc: More eyebrows were raised after he compared a cricket bat to a gun amid calls to ban firearms after the 1996 shooting of 16 children at an elementary school in Dunblane, Scotland. "If a cricketer, for instance, suddenly decided to go into a school and batter a lot of people to death with a cricket bat, which he could do very easily, I mean, are you going to ban cricket bats?" Philip asked.
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In case anyone didn't read the whole thing.
Link Posted: 5/2/2002 4:16:36 PM EDT
Bwahaha sounds like a funny guy to me!
Link Posted: 5/2/2002 4:43:22 PM EDT
Not a bad guy, for a Brit. Eddie
Link Posted: 5/2/2002 6:01:09 PM EDT
the man's a riot. The worst statement was mild at best
Link Posted: 5/2/2002 6:09:54 PM EDT
Those wacky, zany, madcap brits! Oh pulease stop! My side is hurting. No more, no more.....
Link Posted: 5/2/2002 6:15:47 PM EDT
Cricket bats.........reminds me of a certain episode of "Green Acres." Ever since, when I see a fly-swatter, I think "Cricket bat."
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