April 12, 2013 11:39
Spice Girl Geri Halliwell says she was 'weak under fire' to delete pro-Thatcher tweet
The artist formerly known as Ginger Spice explains her actions in a lengthy blog post
When news broke on Monday (April 8) that the controversial Prime Minister had passed away, Halliwell took to Twitter to pay her respects, writing: "Thinking of our 1st Lady of girl power, Margaret Thatcher, a green grocer's daughter who taught me any thing is possible...x."
However, the Spice Girl quickly backtracked when her tweet prompted an angry response, hitting delete and posting the following apology to her 204,000 followers:
I'm sorry if I offended u. X— Geri Halliwell (@GeriHalliwell) April 8, 2013
Now Halliwell has explained her actions in a lengthy blog post published last night (April 11). "I felt compelled to tweet my thoughts for a female leader, in a world governed by men," Halliwell recalled. "[But] I was so confused and overwhelmed by some of the feedback I received that I took my tweet down and for that I was called spineless."
Continuing, Halliwell admitted she has questioned herself since deleting the tweet and is disappointed with how she reacted. "What I hated the most was that I took a tweet down. I had wavered and was full of self-doubt," Halliwell wrote.
Halliwell wrapped up her 340-word blog post by revealing her true and considered feelings for the late Prime Minister. She wrote: "But now I realise that I do admire a woman, whether she is right or wrong, regardless of her opinions. She had the courage to stand by her convictions. Not like me. I look at my behavior, which exposed how weak I was under fire, not like Margaret Thatcher. Rest in peace."
Meanwhile, the campaign to get 'Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead' to Number One on the same week that Thatcher died rages on. At the time of writing (April 12), Judy Garland's recording of the song from The Wizard Of Oz has stormed to the top of the iTunes chart.
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