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T’pau singer Carol Decker tells GB News she only recognised Welsh as ‘not English’

01 Aug 2021 2 minutes Read
Carol Decker interviewed on GB News by Mark Dolan

Carol Decker, the lead singer of T’Pau has appeared on GB News to defend her social media comments about the Welsh language.

She caused a storm of criticism on Twitter after reacting to a photo of bilingual Welsh supermarket signage, saying, “the aisle signs are in a foreign language. It’s not a UK supermarket!”

Interviewed by Mark Dolan on The Big Question, she said that despite having lived in Wales and regularly visiting she only recognised the writing on the signs as being ‘not English’.

She said: “It was a foreign language – to me. So I said is this a UK supermarket because that’s a foreign language?

“And then, apparently it was Welsh which – to me – is a foreign language. I didn’t recognise it. I just recognised it as not English.”

‘Shove it’

She said that she loved Wales but those that had ‘piled on’ her social media comments could ‘shove it’’.

She said: “If anyone’s watching now from the people who piled in on me, you know where you can shove it.

“I love Wales and I’m sorry that I don’t speak Welsh or recognise it when I read it because I’m not Welsh.”

She said that she has a strong connection with Wales, having had a house in Monmouth and regularly recording at the nearby Rockfield studios.

Carol Decker’s original comments were in response to a joke post showing a photo of empty shelves that had been ‘filled’ with messages mocking Brexit supporters.

The background of the image is a Welsh supermarket with bilingual signage.

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Ieuan Evans
Ieuan Evans
1 month ago

Yet another plonker.

#1Chris
#1Chris
1 month ago

It would have been SO easy to resolve this with just a tiny bit of a courteous mea culpa.. But instead she goes on the Poundland Fox propaganda website and quadruples down, bitching about being picked on and feeding more grievance about us to the spittle flecked Faragian hate goons on there. APPARENTLY she “loves Wales” but is unwilling to give a quick and courteous “oops, sorry. My mistake” to the people her ignorance wronged. Yeah cheers Cazza. You also can shove it. Your love for Wales extends no further than any residual royalties you can get from Heart radio… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by #1Chris
j humphrys
j humphrys
1 month ago
Reply to  #1Chris

Ginger?

#1Chris
#1Chris
1 month ago
Reply to  j humphrys

Yes. Her, Ann Robinson, “Lozza” Fox, Hatie Kopkins (the blond is out of a bottle) and … y’know … all the others. Henry 8th. Yes! He’s one!

Quornby
Quornby
1 month ago

Who cares about the thickness of this plank?

GW Atkinson
GW Atkinson
1 month ago

Goes running whining to the far right English nationalists to play victim. I thought people like that were against virtue signaling.

CJPh
CJPh
1 month ago

I’m not Chinese, I’m not Japanese, I do not speak a Slavic language. I recognise these different languages when I see them or hear them. And Cymru isn’t even right next door to any of these nations! Gosh, I must be a savant. Do French people fail to recognise a sentence written in German or Spanish? There seems to be one golden thread that runs through English politics and aspects of the culture – diminish the celtic fringe until they fade away. “I don’t recognise it because I don’t speak it” is a hell of a thing for an artist… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by CJPh
j humphrys
j humphrys
1 month ago
Reply to  CJPh

Yes, are pop players really artists? I played in bands for years, then went dinner/dance. Certain individuals could come close to art, especially bass players for some reason. But most were/are artisans, so I suggest this is the reason for the vulgarity?

Last edited 1 month ago by j humphrys
CJPh
CJPh
1 month ago
Reply to  j humphrys

It may not be art you like, but art it may well be. Who’s to say? As a professional musician, one who is (at least) adjacent to the arts, I find her comments awful – Ignorant and crass.

Mark
Mark
1 month ago

nothing like doubling down, when you’ve been called out.

GW Atkinson
GW Atkinson
1 month ago

Twp’Pau.But what else would you expect from a genius brexiter? “If it in’t Inglish, its forun” Clownette.

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
1 month ago

I wonder if Raab is a fan?

Ffred
Ffred
1 month ago

Well, that’s a one hit wonder removed from my Spotify play list 😀

Fergus
Fergus
1 month ago

How ignorant! the plonker has a house in Wales, obviously oblivious to road signs and warnings, doesn’t occur that this Welsh, talk about as thick as sh**t. She can also shove it.

CapM
CapM
1 month ago

As a matter of interest how many here recognise the following? Taken from the image used on original tweet by Tim Walker which doesn’t not show the complete aisle sign.

Glanedydd
..wyddau lapio a leinio

Welsh_Sion
Welsh_Sion
1 month ago
Reply to  CapM

Glanedydd (e.g.) = Detergent

(N)wyddau* (e.ll.) lapio a leinio = Wrapping and lining goods

*From the context, I guess they are not “Gwyddau” … 😀

CapM
CapM
1 month ago
Reply to  Welsh_Sion

Gwyddau – lapio a leinio.
Cystadleuaeth newydd gan Clwb Ffwermwyr Ifanc Cymru.

CJPh
CJPh
1 month ago
Reply to  CapM

😂😂

Welsh_Sion
Welsh_Sion
1 month ago

T’Pau? It’s English (allegedly), Jim, but not as we know it.

Must be some sort of foreign language, eh? I don’t recognise the word.

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
1 month ago
Reply to  Welsh_Sion

Vulcan elder/high priestess from Star Trek
but maybe you knew that…

Last edited 1 month ago by Mab Meirion
Welsh_Sion
Welsh_Sion
1 month ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

So … a foreign language. QED.

As are the words “Wales” and “Welsh” to me – and a good many other Cymry.

Huw Davies
Huw Davies
1 month ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

No Bones about it. He knew that. He’s the real McCoy.

Alan Reilly
Alan Reilly
1 month ago

Shíte hyper-commercialised pop music has-been desperately trying to stay relevant…

…nothing to see here… move along now.

Huw Davies
Huw Davies
1 month ago

She thought she was being clever by pointing out the supermarket signs must have been outside the UK because there was a language she didn’t recognise on them. Clearly trying to say this must be somewhere in the EU trying to make Brexit look foolish. All she did was draw attention to the empty shelves and show herself to be not as much of a Sherlock as she thought. Paradoxically she may have made a few people go ‘What? They even put Welsh signs on supermarket shelves now.’ Some may even realise that Welsh still exists! Most people in the… Read more »

Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
1 month ago

Ho Carol ! Whether you like it or not Wales – is another country with it’s own language ! If you don’t like it well – tough! I suspect even that person watching the sinking GB channel ship didn’t care – it has nothing to do with ‘England’ !

David Burton-Richardson
David Burton-Richardson
1 month ago

Silly Mare !!!!

Fergus
Fergus
1 month ago

Let’s hope she vanishes into obscurity again!

Lee
Lee
1 month ago

Welsh is one of the oldest original British languages, the ignorance of this woman , it’s called the United Kingdom because it’s made up of different countries. Not just england

Rhys Williams
Rhys Williams
1 month ago

I’ve never heard of T’Pua. Who are they?

CJPh
CJPh
1 month ago
Reply to  Rhys Williams

T’pua may refer to Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi, former Samoan head of state.

*T’Pau* were a pretty lame band in the late 80s and early 90s, named after a Vulcan elder in Star Trek.

I know which one I prefer.

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
1 month ago
Reply to  CJPh

T’Pau is from the 1966 series Star Trek. Its a character name. from the Vulcan Clan. She was the matriarch of Spock.

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
1 month ago

Why is it that once famous acts , be it singers, actors and writers become extreme Far-Right Anti-Welsh, immigrant haters when their star begins to fade, then attack Wales or asylum seekers to get media spotlight? Here’s some exampled. We have bigoted Jim Davidson. Omar Djili. Anne Robinson. Katy Hopkins. Jeremy Clarkson. AA Gill. All in their time have made anti-Welsh slights in the past, some minor, some disgusting .Two were even rewarded by the BBC. Take Anne Robinson & Jeremy Clarkson. Both had programs repeated. BBC even though calls were made not to. See BBC. It means Bigoted Broadcasting… Read more »

Bongo Raggles
Bongo Raggles
1 month ago

When you should have studied at school instead of practicing the pink oboe behind the bike shed.

Ms Kira Smith
Ms Kira Smith
1 month ago

I just feel like this is a very ignorant point of view to be honest! What language is it likely to be?!

Phil
Phil
1 month ago

Oh no the Welsh language got disrespected. Firstly it isn’t the language of most Welsh people. Secondly stop getting offended because a minority language gets less than reverent reception. Thirdly Welsh is a Celtic language and the Celts are invaders who displaced the original inhabitants. You are literally colonials from a bygone age insisting your language be used today. Fourthly God bless Wales where we speak English, sing in Welsh and laugh at the faux outrage of the chattering classes!

Rhodri
Rhodri
1 month ago
Reply to  Phil

The Britons (Latin: Pritani), also known as Celtic Britons or Ancient Britons, were the indigenous Celtic people who inhabited Great Britain from at least the British Iron Age into the Middle Ages, at which point they diverged into the Welsh, Cornish and Bretons (among others). They spoke the Common Brittonic language, the ancestor of the modern Brittonic languages.[1] The Iron Age is the final epoch of the three-age division of the prehistory and protohistory of humanity. It was preceded by the Bronze Age and the Stone Age (Paleolithic, Mesolithic, Neolithic, and Chalcolithic). The concept has been mostly applied to Europe… Read more »

Llinos
1 month ago

Am be da chi yn mwydro – ‘strong connection to Wales’ am fod ganddi dy yma?? Sa waeth iddi hi gael ty yn Zimbabwe ddim….. Does gen i ddim pwt o fynedd efo’r mwydro di ddiwedd yma. Oes ganddi gysylltiadau cryd efo Cymru am fod ganddi gi defaid Cymreig?(enghraifft oedd hynna, tydw i yn gwybod dim am yr hulpan). ac os yw ei chywsllt a Chymru mor gryf, syt na wyr hi am y Gymraeg?

Mr Thomas Stuart trevaskiss
Mr Thomas Stuart trevaskiss
1 month ago

Carol Decker calls that a apology to Welsh people.she to can shove her comm ents.after the comments which were rather offensive to majority of decent people in wales.she should be bloody ashamed of her sel f.for conning out with ignorant.offending comments on the the Welsh languge..this has nothing to do with brexit..I don’t thing a lot of people care about brexit.which sounds like a disease to me.or a form of breakfast serial..I don’t think it’s that important being in brexit.anyway.prices of goods.and inflation.goes up because the Tories uk government influence it.empty food shelves are to do with irresponsible shoppers being… Read more »

Eric Hall
1 month ago

Well, if she’s appearing on GB News, it’s pretty clear exactly what her agenda is, isn’t it?
The only news station with more staff than listeners, but sometimes the only publicity that some of these down-and-out has-beens can get.is by appealing to the brain-dead, the racists and the bigots.
What an epitaph!

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