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Prince Philip Faces Severe Backlash After Making Racially Insensitive Comment In Public

Prince Philip Faces Severe Backlash After Making Racially Insensitive Comment In Public
Updated 5 months ago

The United Kindom's Prince Philip rarely makes it into the headlines, but when he does it's usually for innocuous reasons, whether it was his retirement from public engagements, or when Queen Elizabeth praised his sense of humor. 

Well, he's found himself in the headlines once again, but this time not for a reason the royal family can be too pleased with. It's a tradition on New Year's Eve for the royal family to walk to church, and often crowds will line up to watch and photograph that walk. 

That's when, according to one onlooker, this happened: 

Philip was wishing lots of people a Happy New Year and then he spotted this guy with his distinctive beard. He pointed at him in a funny way and turned to one of his Royal bodyguards, saying: 'Is that a terrorist?’ 

News of the comment hit social media hard. 

Some didn't think the comment was a big deal, knowing Philip: 

Others are less forgiving, particularly since this isn't the first time he has said something racially insensitive. 

He once told a group of British students that spending time in China would make them "slitty-eyed." 

So here are the need-to-know bits of information before you can make an informed decision about whether or not his comment was offensive: 

1. Prince Philip is well over 90-years-old and "political correctness" isn't exactly his natural setting. Some people think his age should excuse him from too much scrutiny, but others point out that he's been doing this sort of thing for years so there's absolutely no excusing it.

2. The man Prince Philip was referring to was a white man with a full ginger beard, not a person of color. 

3. According to reports, the man laughed the comment off. 

4. Prince Philip has an incredibly long history of inappropriate comments and is often regarded as a "troll" by some people. 

So what do you think? 

H/T: The Daily Beast, Twitter