At the height of Spice Girl-mania, Geri Halliwell -- then more commonly known as Ginger Spice -- sported a Union Jack mini-dress. Not only did it look smashing, but it proudly showed her love of country. Given that history, it was no surprise when Geri took to Twitter on Monday, following the death of Margaret Thatcher, to pay tribute to the one-time Prime Minister.
She wrote, "Thinking of our 1st Lady of girl power, Margaret Thatcher, a green grocer's daughter who taught me anything is possible…x"
It was, however, a bit of a surprise when Geri deleted that tweet after she was barraged by angry responses from her more than 200,000 followers. She then apologized, tweeting, "I'm sorry if I offended u. X"
On Thursday night (April 11), Geri had to go beyond Twitter's 140-letter character count to explain. It took more than 300 words in a post on her blog, in which she brands herself "Weak under fire."
"When I'm scared, my natural state is to hide and run for cover," Geri explained. "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."
In the post, Geri does a bit of self analysis, asking, "Why did I take that tweet down?" In the end, she stands by her woman, writing, "But now I realise that I do admire [Thatcher], 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."
Geri really shouldn't have been surprised by the response to her tweet, since much of the pop world was against Thatcher when she was in power. Back then, The Specials covered Bob Dylan's "Maggie's Farm," directing it toward Thatcher, while their Two-Tone mates The English Beat aimed "Stand Down Margaret" directly at 10 Downing Street.
And that anti-Thatcher sentiment isn't just a thing of the past. Now there's a campaign to push Judy Garland's recording "Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead!," from The Wizard Of Oz, to the top of the British charts. As of now, it's number one on the U.K. version of iTunes with nary a Spice Girls track in sight.