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.
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.
No way Prince Phillip is brilliant he doesn’t care about the pc brigade good for him , He doesn’t mean anything by what he says it’s you who stir up trouble— sandy (@jeanjeany111) December 31, 2017
Prince Phillip pointing to a dude with a beard and asked "is he a terrorist" 😂— Mitch of Titan (@Mitch692) December 31, 2017
Well at his age no one should blame for whatsoever— Richard Bangoura (@Bang1Rich) January 1, 2018
Its not the most unethical thing he has done, considering he married his cousin— Cajmod (@Frandumode) January 1, 2018
Others are less forgiving, particularly since this isn't the first time he has said something racially insensitive.
What's worse is all the apologists, it's one thing for him to be a bigot but for people to find that acceptable and just dismiss it as "his sense of humour" is disturbing. This also highlights the fact the royals have no accountability.— Ash (@fracture2010) December 31, 2017
Prince Phillip is an utter embarrassment to modern society. This ancient relic of a racist needs locking up in the Tower and the key thrown away.— Phill (@PhillRyan3) January 1, 2018
Sense of humour? Yeah right. If that was me or you saying what he did, we'd be vilified forever. Keep him out of the public eye.
If anyone else said it they'd be called an ignorant Islamophobic racist, but somehow when Prince Philip says it, suddenly it's funny? It's openly racist & disrespectful, like dozens of other comments he's made about other races & cultures over the years. Not 'just a gaffe'.— Erin Samuels (@ErinMagic6) December 31, 2017
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.
So what do you think?