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She Was No Hero!': Commercial Featuring 'Heroic Women' Blasted for Including Conservative Stalwart


"If I had my way, I'd edit Margret Thatcher out of this video..."

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Critics of Margaret Thatcher quickly reacted on Twitter after watching a Microsoft Bing advertisement during Sunday night’s Golden Globes broadcast.

The video -- named “Heroic Women of 2013” -- highlights elected leaders and average citizens alike who “stood up” or “persevered” in the past year, and the clip embraces a power-to-women tone:

The music playing throughout the video calls on women to “say what you want to say," and urges, “I want to see you be brave" while highlighting several women who have faced of violence or terror: Malala Yousafzai, a young Pakistani girl who was shot in the head by terrorists then became the face of education activism; Adrianne Haslet-Davis, the dance teacher who lost her foot in the Boston bombing; and Antionette Tuff, who talked a gunman into surrendering at her Georgia elementary school.

It also includes more left-leaning figures Angela Merkel and Gabrielle Giffords as well as Janet Yellen, the first female Federal Reserve Chairman.

Thatcher’s dubbed words are “Where there is discord, may we bring harmony,” taken from her first visit as Prime Minster to 10 Downing Street in 1979. She cites St. Francis of Assisi and the quote continues, “where there is error may we bring truth, where there is doubt may we bring faith, and where there is despair may we bring hope.”

But the Thatcher-Haters immediately called out Microsoft for including the former British Prime Minister, who passed away in 2013. Salon and Twitchy shared tweets from Hollywood actresses and the general public who lambasted the company for including the conservative icon among the other notable women.

[blackbirdpie url="https://twitter.com/MarthaPlimpton/status/422545495639470080"]

[blackbirdpie url="https://twitter.com/willdeyo/status/422545226277060608"]

[blackbirdpie url="https://twitter.com/CHANGOCHAN/status/422553255038963712"]

Noticeably absent from some of the caustic tweets are any specific complaints about the former Prime Minister’s actions or career.  She was the first and only female to be elected as UK's Prime Minister and the first Prime Minister - male or female - to have a science degree (she was an Oxford-trained Chemist).

Diana Nyad, world record long-distance swimmer; Edith Winsor, a gay rights activist; and Deb Cohen, the woman whose pre-surgery operating room dance party video went viral, are also in the Microsoft video.


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