In July (10), the Brit infuriated Isle of Wight residents after joking on America’s The Late Late Show that they torture homosexuals on the island off the south coast of England.
She carried on the joke, adding: “I think they are still allowed to flog them, which 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.”
Now the outspoken Oscar winner has attempted to make amends for her remarks, telling local council leader David Pugh she meant to single out the Isle of Man, in between Britain and Ireland, instead.
In an email to Pugh, she writes: “Thank you so very much for understanding that not only were my remarks on a late night comedy show (comedy being the operative word) but I also mixed up my islands – I think it was the Isle of Man that used to enjoy the privilege of being allowed to shoot Scotsmen if they appeared on the beach.”