Thursday, April 10, 2008

Gordon Brown ‘does God’ for American Idol.


He would never risk it on X-Factor, or at a party conference, or on a political broadcast, but for the audience of US talent show American Idol Prime Minister Brown ended with: ‘Thank you and God bless you all’.

With his plastic smile and strange jaw movements, it was an invocation of the blessing of the Almighty upon his pledge to buy 20 million mosquito nets for malaria-hit countries, because there is ‘nothing more amazing than saving a life’.

Quite.

Nothing at all to with how amazing it would be to reach the show’s 30 million viewers; nothing at all to do with his amazing invitation of Simon Cowell and other celebrities to Downing Street; nothing at all to do with the amazingly impossible task of raising his profile in the US to the lofty heights of his predecessor.

In his address to US viewers, the Prime Minister professes to be a fan of talent shows (which is about as likely as his professed liking of The Arctic Monkeys), and said: ‘All year on Idol, it's the talent of the American people we admire. But tonight, it's your generosity.’

Cranmer is all for speaking to people in the vernacular, for adapting one’s message to ensure that the original meaning is communicated accurately in other eras and cultures, but he would have rather more respect for this initiative if Gordon ‘did God’ at home as openly as he appears to do in the US. Or perhaps he is afraid of the consequences?

7 Comments:

Anonymous mickey said...

The man is a national embarrassment.

10 April 2008 at 10:45  
Blogger Homophobic Horse said...

Gordo' is now no better than a crass celebrity.

Oh lordy lord, what is world coming to etc

10 April 2008 at 11:04  
Anonymous oiznop said...

If you watch the video without the sound, he looks like a Thunderbirds puppet!

10 April 2008 at 11:09  
Blogger Homophobic Horse said...

Gordo's spackerish jaw movements and lip smacking are indicative of a great and long suppressed anger and anxiety.

10 April 2008 at 13:10  
Blogger Dave said...

I had to hide behind the TV when it came on. Scary or what?

10 April 2008 at 16:13  
Anonymous hear o israel said...

your grace
it all looked rather desperate to me , seems more to do with olympic torch distanceing and trying to look chummy american .

does not bode well spending £100 million in this way i think as in the publics mind he has turned aid into a PR tv event

10 April 2008 at 18:16  
Anonymous bergen said...

I am ashamed that this man occupies the post once held by Lloyd George,Churchill,Attlee etc.Is he living proof of our once-great country's catastrophic decline?His only virtue is that he will lose the next election for his party.

10 April 2008 at 18:51  

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