David Jason is “woken up” and wrongly accused of being “racist”

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Walter Annenberg and 1990



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David Jason found himself at the mercy of a Twitter crowd today after social media users unearthed clips of him sharing an anecdote about the Queen calling a US ambassador a ‘gorilla’ and calling him wrongly “racist”.

The Only Fools and Horses actor was all the rage online after revamping images of his BBC appearance during Her Majesty’s 90th birthday commemorations in 2016.

In it, the star said the monarch had a ‘cheeky’ sense of humor and recounted an incident where she called a US ambassador a ‘gorilla’.

While social media users were quick to jump on the comments and label the 81-year-old as “racist,” others argued that there was no racial undertone in the comments because that the queen had referred to a white man and was laughing about his step.

It is widely understood that she was joking about the US Ambassador to the UK in 1969, Walter Annenberg.

Walter Annenberg and 1990

The Queen made Prince Charles laugh by calling the US Ambassador to the UK a “gorilla”. It is believed she may have been referring to Walter Annenberg, pictured left with his wife and right in 1990

Social media users were quick to share their views on the images of the actor from Only Fools

Social media users were quick to share their views on the images of the actor from Only Fools

Social media users were quick to share their views on the images of the actor from Only Fools

Her Majesty had told the anecdote to her son Charles and her husband Philip in the 1969 television documentary, “Royal Family,” which aired over two weekends with rave reviews in June 1969.

In it, the Queen makes Prince Philip and Prince Charles laugh as she describes the American Ambassador as a ‘gorilla’.

As the family chatted over a cup of tea, the Queen explained how difficult it can be to keep a straight face during engagements at times.

She said: “It is extremely difficult to keep a straight face when the Minister of the Interior said to me:” There is a gorilla coming “. “

‘So I said,’ What an amazing remark to make about someone – very mean. ‘ I stood in the middle of the room and hit the bell and the doors opened and there was a gorilla. He had a short body and long arms – I had the most appalling problem [not laughing]».

The Home Secretary in 1969 was James Callaghan and the US Ambassador to the UK was Walter Annenberg – and while it is widely understood that she was talking about these two men, that remains unclear.

It could have been Annenberg’s predecessor, David KE Bruce, sent to London by John F. Kennedy in 1961.

Appearing on the BBC in 2016, David Jason joined a small panel of guests as they celebrated Her Majesty’s 90th birthday and was interviewed by host Kirsty Young about the Queen’s sense of humor.

He replied: “I remember seeing an improvised TV show, where she was talking to her family about an ambassador from another country and she said:” Actually, I thought I was talking to a gorilla ” … It was cheeky.

Kerry-Anne Mendoza, editor of a far-left online news website, claimed Jason’s comments were “cutting edge English racism.”

She tweeted, “They’re doing it right in front of you with a smile on their face, and you’re the hole for not participating.” “

Walter Annenberg with his wife Lee (left) and the Queen (right) in 1973 - four years after making the 'gorilla' joke

Walter Annenberg with his wife Lee (left) and the Queen (right) in 1973 - four years after making the 'gorilla' joke

Walter Annenberg with his wife Lee (left) and the Queen (right) in 1973 – four years after making the ‘gorilla’ joke

Many pointed out that the actor - and His Majesty - had not made any sort of racist remark

Many pointed out that the actor - and His Majesty - had not made any sort of racist remark.

Many pointed out that the actor – and His Majesty – had not made any sort of racist remark

Kerry-Anne Mendoza, editor of a far-left online news website, claimed Jason's comments were 'cutting edge English racism'

Kerry-Anne Mendoza, editor of a far-left online news website, claimed Jason's comments were 'cutting edge English racism'

Kerry-Anne Mendoza, editor of a far-left online news website, claimed Jason’s comments were ‘cutting edge English racism’

In 1969 the United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom was Walter Annenberg, sent to London by Richard Nixon

In 1969 the United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom was Walter Annenberg, sent to London by Richard Nixon

David KE Bruce, Annenberg's predecessor, sent to London by John F. Kennedy in 1961

David KE Bruce, Annenberg's predecessor, sent to London by John F. Kennedy in 1961

In 1969, the US Ambassador to the UK was Walter Annenberg (left). His predecessor was David KE Bruce (right)

Appearing on the BBC in 2016, David Jason joined a small panel of guests as they celebrated Her Majesty’s 90th birthday – but the footage resurfaced and appeared to have been taken out of context today.

The queen made Prince Philip and Prince Charles laugh by describing the American ambassador in 1969 as a 'gorilla'

The queen made Prince Philip and Prince Charles laugh by describing the American ambassador in 1969 as a 'gorilla'

The queen made Prince Philip and Prince Charles laugh by describing the American ambassador in 1969 as a “gorilla”

The royals were involved in the 1969 documentary, which was a combined effort by the BBC and ITV, with the aim of showing that they were exactly like their subjects.

The idea for the documentary, which aired in June 1969, came from the palace’s new royal press secretary, William Heseltine, who wanted to encourage public support for a monarchy increasingly seen as out of touch.

The program was praised and proved to be so popular that it was re-broadcast that same year and once again in 1972.

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