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05:57 | 14th December 2017

News: UK

Mon 16 Aug, 2010
By Sam Bristowe


Oh, so they stone homosexuals there? Nice. I think they are still allowed to flog them, which of course some of them enjoy

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Actress Emma Thompson has found herself in a spot of trouble with the residents of Isle of Wight after she joked on a US network that they still stoned homosexuals there.

Speaking on CBS’ The Late Late Show the actress caused a stir after she joked with the idea that islanders still lived with an archaic mindset and stoned homosexuals and shot any Irish and Scottish that set foot on the shores of South coast island.

Host Craig Ferguson said he was visiting Catalina, an island off the California coast, when he said: "It's kind of like the Isle of Wight."

Thompson replied: "Oh, so they stone homosexuals there?

Nice. I think they are still allowed to flog them, which of course 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."


David Pugh, the council leader on the island, hit back at the remarks made about the Island and even asked Thompson to see for herself, as any one is welcome.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, he added: "It's a great shame that someone with her profile should make such ridiculous claims,”

“The island is a very diverse and welcoming place, as testified by the many millions of visitors that holiday here each year.

"Her claims are much ado about nothing and as outlandish as some of the fiction in the Harry Potter films she has been working on."

 

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