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#1 sheamus

Posted 21 February 2013 - 01:35 PM

WDYT of Prince Phillip? A bumbling idiot? A lovable crazy grandad? Senile?


http://www.smh.com.au/world/gaffeprone-pri...0221-2esm2.html

#2 Mrs Dinosaurus

Posted 21 February 2013 - 02:08 PM

I laugh (usually) but always AT him and because he is so out of touch with reality it's like he's trying to bring down the monarchy single-handedly.

Hang on a minute - I might have stumbled onto the worlds greatest ruse!

#3 Bel Rowley

Posted 21 February 2013 - 02:21 PM

Prince Philip is a bumbling old racist idiot.

#4 I'm Batman

Posted 21 February 2013 - 02:25 PM

I'm not the right person to ask. I love bad taste jokes.

I think the media reaction is a little hysterical, the same way Ricky Gervis p*ssing off really rich people at the Oscars was hysterically transmitted across the globe.

If a Filipino made that joke, people would just chuckle...its harmless enough, hes not saying anything IMO that shames her culture or her country. I'm sure people immigrate because they want a better life. I know, I can't quite grasp what its like to be of two cultures, its enriching, amazing. Heaps of mixed emotions.

But yeah, its hilarious and facepalm material all in one go. I get the feeling its just how he is. Awkward, I don't write off a whole person because they are socially ill at ease. He is also a nice break from all the pomp that comes with being in the queens entourage. He is really human. You meet him after you meet the queen so he says awkward things to make you laugh maybe. He really does have a knack for saying the exact worse thing, maybe hes a bit, um, old fashioned.

Overall. Yes, I like.

Edited by I'm Batman, 21 February 2013 - 02:27 PM.


#5 Feral Grey Mare

Posted 21 February 2013 - 02:29 PM

He is an old man raised in a completely different world to the one he now lives in. I think there are many more things we should be getting offended about than this.

#6 I'm Batman

Posted 21 February 2013 - 02:35 PM

He reminds me of politically incorrect redneck memes.

You are right about him being in a totally different world to the one he was raised him.

I mean the joke he makes are pthyon like, or faulty towers, where he embarrassed the germans. Totally wrong but hilarious  as a throw back.

It must be hard finding things to say to strangers all the time.

#7 BadCat

Posted 21 February 2013 - 02:46 PM

I think he has a wicked sense of humour.  

Politically incorrect?  No doubt.  But he's an old man raised in a different time.

#8 NineFeralYears

Posted 21 February 2013 - 02:54 PM

QUOTE
"The Philippines must be half-empty – you're all here running the NHS."


That doesn't seem that gaffe-tastic to me, in the scheme of his stuff ups.  I've heard similar things said by high ranked NHS staff at conferences - stuff along the lines of "If we sent all the Australian health workers home, the NHS would collapse".

#9 CountryFeral

Posted 21 February 2013 - 03:03 PM

I don't think that was 'racist'... I think he was making conversation with yet another stranger and made a joke born of observation.

Anecdote warning:

When I lived in the UK I had an operation and was waking up in recovery when the surgeon came in and gave me a serve for being a bloody foreigner 'exploiting the NHS'...

I lay there in stunned silence and when he left my lovely nurse (Pilipino) saw my distress and asked me what I did.. "I'm a high school teacher." I whimpered.

"Yeah! That'd be right, doing yet another job that the English can't be bothered to do themselves!  Honestly if we all packed up and left their country would stop!  They won't teach their own children, they won't nurse their own sick!"

NHS hospitals ARE filled with foreign nurses and many, very many of them are from the Phillipines... it wasn't a 'shocking' thing to say.

Cut old 'Phil the Greek' some slack in his 10th decade.

As you might tell I am a Phillip apologist - and will remain so!





*10th decade not 9th

Edited by countrymel, 21 February 2013 - 03:26 PM.


#10 DEVOCEAN

Posted 21 February 2013 - 03:06 PM

He's 91. I just think he is getting old. As for the calling him a d***head, utterly charming  rolleyes.gif  not.

#11 Feral Borgia

Posted 21 February 2013 - 03:10 PM

is he worthy of my charm? who is he apart from some old bloke - who - by accident of birth - gets to be called Prince??

#12 DEVOCEAN

Posted 21 February 2013 - 03:14 PM

QUOTE (Lucretia Borgia @ 21/02/2013, 04:10 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
is he worthy of my charm? who is he apart from some old bloke - who - by accident of birth - gets to be called Prince??

Great way to teach your kids respect hey. Hey kids, respect the elderly unless they are royalty and then you can call them whatever you wish.

#13 baddmammajamma

Posted 21 February 2013 - 03:15 PM

I think he is providing us a preview of what George W. Bush might be like at 90.

Show me a man who has a long, long history of foot-in-mouth and politically incorrect statements, despite holding a very public position and being married to a gracious, measured lady, and I'll show you someone who isn't the sharpest tool in the shed.

#14 lucky 2

Posted 21 February 2013 - 03:16 PM

That's nothing, it made her laugh, it's true(ish), it's observant, it's not racist or insulting except perhaps for Britain who does not appear to be able to attract it's nursing force from within the country.


#15 Nataliah

Posted 21 February 2013 - 03:23 PM

Not seeing the big deal about this comment.  A comment is not automatically racist because it mentions race  blink.gif

Edited by Nataliah, 21 February 2013 - 03:23 PM.


#16 sheamus

Posted 21 February 2013 - 03:26 PM

I have a soft spot for him. He's unintentionally rude and inappropriate, I love it.

Some of his other gaffes are on this page:

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/02/20...ml#slide=985997

and here:

http://listverse.com/2007/09/11/top-15-quo...-prince-philip/

Edited by Omega_particle, 21 February 2013 - 03:29 PM.


#17 Feral Borgia

Posted 21 February 2013 - 03:28 PM

QUOTE (fairyflossfart @ 21/02/2013, 04:14 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Great way to teach your kids respect hey. Hey kids, respect the elderly unless they are royalty and then you can call them whatever you wish.

yes, pretty much....why do royalty command our respect? what do they do exactly? do they write great books? are they great thinkers? do they form public policy? do they cure disease or perform life saving operations? do they help the poor?

Princess Mary of Denmark  i quite like - she has a great eye for fashion which I can respect....but Prince Philip - what does he do besides walk 2 paces behind his wife and make the odd inappropriate comment?

#18 YodaTheWrinkledOne

Posted 21 February 2013 - 03:40 PM

QUOTE (lucky 2 @ 21/02/2013, 03:16 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
That's nothing, it made her laugh, it's true(ish), it's observant, it's not racist or insulting except perhaps for Britain who does not appear to be able to attract it's nursing force from within the country.

agree.  If anything, it's a backhanded swing at how pathetic the Brits are at filling nursing positions within their own country.  


#19 Feral Borgia

Posted 21 February 2013 - 03:42 PM

QUOTE (Ferdinand @ 21/02/2013, 04:38 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
i am totally against being respectful to someone just because they're old, but your second paragraph is just  blink.gif worthy. Are you seriously saying you respect someone because they wear pretty clothes? Would you respect Philip more if he donned a pretty frock?

well, it would be interesting at least .....i just find him dull, boring, arrogant - and - that word which offended a PP so much so I wont repeat it.

Princess mary has a good eye for fashion I think - I can read an article about her and admire how she puts an outfit together - sure - why not. Im not going to genuflect in front of her because of it! I just meant she's at least got that going for her - but Philip - he just leaves me cold. Just my opinion guys !

#20 ~Nodnol~

Posted 21 February 2013 - 03:44 PM

QUOTE (Sassy Girl @ 21/02/2013, 03:03 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I agree with this. I think his sense of humour goes over many people's heads as he has an above average intelligence. Most people find humour offensive if they don't understand it  sad.gif


QUOTE
1. China State Visit, 1986

If you stay here much longer, you’ll all be slitty-eyed.





http://listverse.com/2007/09/11/top-15-quo...-prince-philip/

What is so intelligent about that? And how is that not offensive?

What he said today isn't bad but to say the reason we don't find a racist old man funny is because we are too stupid to understand his "humour" is ridiculous.

Stephen Fry is funny. And intelligent. I get his humour.


#21 BadCat

Posted 21 February 2013 - 03:56 PM

QUOTE (Lucretia Borgia @ 21/02/2013, 04:28 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Princess Mary of Denmark  i quite like - she has a great eye for fashion which I can respect....but Prince Philip - what does he do besides walk 2 paces behind his wife and make the odd inappropriate comment?



So you can respect Mary because she dresses well?

But you can't respect a man who has, over the years, sponsored six conferences on the Human Problems of Industrial Communities, was president of the WWF (UK) for 21 years and then president of the International WWF for 15 years. has served as Chancellor of Cambridge University for 47 years and Chancellor of Edinburgh University for 50 years, and is patron of over 800 organisations?



#22 Feral Borgia

Posted 21 February 2013 - 04:02 PM

QUOTE (O TheHugeManatee @ 21/02/2013, 04:56 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
So you can respect Mary because she dresses well?

But you can't respect a man who has, over the years, sponsored six conferences on the Human Problems of Industrial Communities, was president of the WWF (UK) for 21 years and then president of the International WWF for 15 years. has served as Chancellor of Cambridge University for 47 years and Chancellor of Edinburgh University for 50 years, and is patron of over 800 organisations?

nope. I dont like the man

...dont want to get OT with a "I love Mary" thread - I mean I can start one - I assume she sponsors charities too (although I dont know for sure).

I called Phillip a name, a PP didnt like it and said I was teaching my children zero respect (my childen arent reading this thread as far as I know - so im not really teaching them anything) - I queried why I should respect royalty - as I was typing I was thinking if there was any member of the royal family who I could respect - came up with no one - but then I thought "oh hang on - there's mary of denmark - she's got an eye for fashion - guess I can respect that" - and there you have it! Not a big deal I wouldnt have thought...? Diana had a good eye for fashion too - later on  - I can never forgive her for those horrible floaty collars though in the mid '80s.

#23 BetteBoop

Posted 21 February 2013 - 04:07 PM

QUOTE (fairyflossfart @ 21/02/2013, 03:14 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Great way to teach your kids respect hey. Hey kids, respect the elderly unless they are royalty and then you can call them whatever you wish.


I will be teaching mine to respect people. Unless they're d***heads, like Prince Philip.

#24 *dreamer*

Posted 21 February 2013 - 04:09 PM

QUOTE (Bel Rowley @ 21/02/2013, 03:21 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Prince Philip is a bumbling old racist idiot.



Sums it up for me.




#25 BadCat

Posted 21 February 2013 - 04:09 PM

OK.

I don't care that you called him a name.  No biggie.

For me respect is not tied to whether I like someone or not.  I respect plenty of people that I don't like.




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