Thompson Backtracks Over 'Stoning' Comments

Actress EMMA THOMPSON has backtracked after mistakenly implying residents of Britain's Isle of Wight regularly "stone homosexuals".
In July (10), the Brit infuriated Isle of Wight residents after joking on America's The Late Late Show that they torture homosexuals on the island off the south coast of England.
She carried on the joke, adding: "I think they are still allowed to flog them, which some of them enjoy. I think they are allowed to shoot Irish or Scottish people if they arrive on the island - it is still in the rules, they are allowed to torture people. It's lovely, you should go."
Now the outspoken Oscar winner has attempted to make amends for her remarks, telling local council leader David Pugh she meant to single out the Isle of Man, in between Britain and Ireland, instead.
In an email to Pugh, she writes: "Thank you so very much for understanding that not only were my remarks on a late night comedy show (comedy being the operative word) but I also mixed up my islands - I think it was the Isle of Man that used to enjoy the privilege of being allowed to shoot Scotsmen if they appeared on the beach."


Contactmusic

Tags: Emma Thompson

Advertisement

More Emma Thompson

Effie Gray: Does It Take Victorian Repression Too Far?

Critics have been divided about the latest British period drama to hit cinemas. Effie Gray is based on a notorious true scandal from the mid-19th...

Effie Gray Movie Review

Based on a notorious true story, this film takes a muted approach that matches the Victorian period and attitudes, which somewhat undermines the vivid emotions...

Audiences Get A Glimpse Of Effie Gray

The first trailer for Dakota Fanning’s new film, Effie Gray, has hit appliances with video playing abilities everywhere and showcases Emma Thompson’s fourth scripted venture...

Effie Gray Trailer

When young Effie Grey (Dakota Fanning) is married to John Ruskin (Greg Wise), a man ten years older than her, she feels no pleasure whatsoever....

Advertisement

Men, Women & Children Trailer

One group of very different people - including popular high school teens and their less popular peers, and a married couple struggling in their relationship...

Emma Thompson Says 'Love Punch' Marriage Sabbatical Is "Not A Bad Idea"

Emma Thompson has stepped forward to say that she's all for taking a year out of a marriage in what's known as a "sabbatical" if...

The Love Punch Movie Review

An old-school caper comedy, this goofy romp struggles to surmount its badly contrived screenplay. Fortunately writer-director Joel Hopkins also has gorgeous locations and a cast...

Brosnan, Thompson Are Far, Far Better Than 'The Love Punch'

Pierce Brosnan, Emma Thompson, Timothy Spall and Celia Imrie is a pretty good cast. It just is. And there The Love Punch - a Great...

Advertisement

Comments

Malvolio's picture

Malvolio

Shifting the comments dumped on the Isle of Wight to the Isle of Man has only made things worse. Despite her attempts to be an independent radical, Emma's become something of a London snob. A writer ought to be able to watch her words. I see only one solution to her dilemma. After the customary apologies, Emma must make feature films on each island, one with a heroic homosexual on Wight, and another with a heroic Scotsperson on Man.
Import Source: 
comments.nsf
Import Date: 
1322489041

4 years 1 month ago
Report
View Comments

EmmaLoverPM's picture

EmmaLoverPM

I would like to say that the people of the Isle of Wight and the Isle of Man NEED TO GROW A BIG, JUICY SENSE OF HUMOR.You're all pills with a big bug up your anal cavaties. LIGHTEN THE HELL UP.Emma Thompson is a national treasure (I wish she lived here, in the U.S...but I'm sure the idiot Tea Partyers and other Conservative nutjobs would find a way to castigate her as well). I'm glad Emma continues to speak her mind, and sprinkle the world with her lovely sense of humor. She was utterly fantastic on Craig Ferguson, as she was a few nights prior on Jay Leno.PM
Import Source: 
comments.nsf
Import Date: 
1322489110

4 years 1 month ago
Report
View Comments

Emma Thompson Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Emma Thompson

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All