What a lot of hate toward a national treasure.
Miriam Margolyes – whose performances in Blackadder alone mark her out as a national treasure – appeared on Channel 4’s The Last Leg (May 8), where she admitted that when it was revealed that Boris Johnson had caught the coronavirus, she had a moment of weakness when she wanted him to die.
The point she was making was that it is wrong to feel like that about anybody – even somebody who, like Johnson, has made the coronavirus crisis into a human disaster that has killed thousands more people than it ever should have.
It’s perfectly reasonable to say that.
Laura, below, got it right – and she provides the clip for the benefit of those of us who missed the show:
Didn’t see the #lastleg but having watched the clip, it’s very human to have thoughts we’re not proud of and then quickly correct our thinking. The rarity here is Miriam admitted it, whereas most of us hide our bad thoughts. She is a damn National Treasure pic.twitter.com/EHNGsmSpKR
— Laura (@LauraGeeksOut) May 9, 2020
But haters have to hate – unreasonably, it seems, as Johnson’s fellow Tory MP Nadine Dorries demonstrated with a spectacular misfire that drew the following withering response.
Hes only slated black people
Gangs of black people
Lied to all his partners
But other than that Johnson lovely cuddly guy
I stand with #MiriamMargoyles
— michelle maher (@mmaher70) May 9, 2020
Some of the haters have selectively quoted Ms Margolyes, taking her out of context. It hasn’t helped their cause:
Over 30000 people dead, not enough ppe for frontline staff, an economic downturn of over 14%, probably more if a post brexit deal isn't struck, and looks like no deal brexit will be the outcome and you're indignant with rage at #MiriamMargoyles. I think your anger is misplaced
— carriechrisjacklewis (@hobbit365) May 9, 2020
Last word (of those that I grabbed from the “top tweets” on Twitter) goes to this guy, who has exactly the right idea:
Can't believe the OTT outrage at #MiriamMargoyles' comment about the PM. She's an elderly actress on a TV show making a quip about how she felt. So what?! She doesn't have blood on her hands and doesn't run the country. Get a grip, people.
— Jonny Parr (@parrguitar) May 9, 2020
The slapdown won’t stop the haters from hating – and that’s just as well.
It means we know who they are, and what to think of them.
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