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Catchphrase clip using ‘traditional colonialism’ as Barbados selling point resurfaces

Twitter users were left with their ‘jaw on the floor’ after watching the moment

Annie Lord
Friday 05 June 2020 13:10 BST
Catchphrase clip uses colonialism as a selling point for a prise trip to Barbados

A Catchphrase clip has resurfaced for its out-of-touch description of Barbados during a prize announcement.

The video shows the classic game show’s host, Roy Walker, telling a contestant they have won a trip to the Caribbean island.

As scenes of the luxury resort are shown, a voice-over announces: “Tonight, our lucky winner will have a chance to celebrate on Barbados, a tropical paradise, combining rugged cliffs and gentle Caribbean surf, traditional colonialism and more relaxed pursuits.”

Barbados was briefly taken over by the Portuguese in 1532, and then in 1625 the island was colonised by the British Empire.

Many of the indigenous residents of the island – the Arawaks and Caribs – were forced into slavery and shipped around the world as their home was taken.

Barbados remained a British colony for 341 years, before becomin a parliamentary democracy modelled on the Westminister system in 1966.

Queen Elizabeth, Queen of Barbados, remains head of state to this day.

It remains unclear when the episode aired, but Walker hosted the series between 1986 and 1999.

Twitter users were shocked after seeing the clip. One wrote: “I- Did I hear what i think I heard??? Come to MY island for a taste.... I AM ANGRY.”

Another replied: “Jaw on floor”.

“‘Traditional Colonialism’ with UKIP Tours” said another.

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