Edwina Currie was forced to defend herself on twitter after she said that the Paralympic athletes from Italian were "gorgeous, even in wheelchairs."
Italians are gorgeous even in wheelchairs. Love 'em
Many twitter users were shocked and accused her of insulting people who use wheelchairs. She has not apologised, saying her comments were supposed to be a compliment.
@siouxsie Get off with the patronising. Look at them: they are gorgeous, and they're in wheelchairs. I bet they'd agree
The Queen opened the London 2012 Paralympic Games in a spectacular ceremony.
The London Paralympics 2012 Opening Ceremony is underway at the Olympic Park.
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