British singer Carol Decker under fire for suggesting Welsh is a ‘foreign language’
The British singer Carol Decker has come under fire for suggesting that Welsh is a “foreign language”.
The lead vocalist for band T’Pau was reacting to a social media post that blamed Brexit for empty shelves in supermarkets when she hit out at what she called “capricious and divisive troublemaking”.
The image, which featured mocked up signs, including one which called Brexit supporters “thick”, also had real Welsh language signage in the background.
Welsh has been spoken in Britain since before English existed as a language, and Decker was criticised for her “ignorance”.
Decker, whose group had a string of Top 40 hits in the UK during the late 1980s and early 1990s, took issue with the Welsh language signage, saying: said: “I expanded that supermarket picture tweet and the aisle signs are in a foreign language It’s not a UK supermarket! What capricious and divisive troublemaking.”
@Iromg I expanded that supermarket picture tweet and the aisle signs are in a foreign language It’s not a UK supermarket !What capricious and divisive troublemaking
— carol decker (@caroldecker) July 29, 2021
Her post was retweeted by TalkRADIO host Mike Graham.
In response to criticism Decker said: “Forgive me for not being fluent in Welsh you sarcastic c***”
Golwg columnist Cris Dafis said: “Duh. What ignorance. It’s Welsh, Carol. In Wales.”
Bev Owen said: “It’s Wales Carol. You come from just over the border, must have seen a lot of Welsh/English dual signage in your time!”
Christopher Clarke said: “Indeed, some vandals have painted ‘araf’ on all the roads around there for some reason.”
Claire said: “The aisle signs are in Welsh… Pretty sure Wales is in the UK.”
Carol Decker replied: “I don’t speak Welsh”.
David Llewellyn said: “Cymraeg. Welsh. The original language of Sir Anywthig (sic) or Shropshire and still spoken around Croesoswallt/Oswestry. And you don’t recognise it. Stunning ignorance.”
Alun Jones said: “Look Carol’s capricious and divisive troublemaking.”
Janice Mercer Edwards said: “Oh dear, slight faux pas here. Have a look at the map of the UK, you’ll find Wales there somewhere!”
‘Voted for Brexit’
The original image was shared by columnist Tim Walker, and it featured messages, which included: “If you voted for Brexit. You can f*** off out of here.
“You thick t***s. You probably voted Conservative huh?
“Brexit caused this. All other COVID affected countries have plenty of stock.
“If you did not vote for this we are truly sorry.”
Welsh Labour MP Chris Bryant came under fire for sharing the post, which he later apologised for an removed.
He said: “My profound apologies, I hadn’t spotted the appalling language and removed my RT, again I apologise.”