Of all the criticism that’s been levelled at this blog since it began, the strangest was also the most accurate - yes, somebody accused us of having “prejudice towards the middle-classes.” I say accurate, but as with our entrants, T100WPOT is a broad church, and our opinions on those with gin, tea, or “RTs not necessarily endorsements” in their Twitter bios range right across the wide and righteous spectrum from gas chamber to struggle session. Despite all that, you’re right - we have been hitting too hard on that same note. So here’s our entry on Rufus Hound, of the £8,270-a-term Frensham Heights, or to give him his birth name, Robert James Blair Simpson.
The first thing you notice is the voice. The perfect blend of tone, timbre, phrasing, volume, and rhythm. You can recognise it instantly from any pub or social gathering that sets off immediate “this cunt thinks he’s hilarious, and will make ham-fisted attempts to sleep with at least three of the women here, despite the fact that he looks like a drawing of a 1980s paedophile” alarm bells.
As you’ll probably remember, he got butthurt at the venom surrounding the Jimmy Carr tax case, and waded in with some “well, he’s done nothing illegal” opinions, then carried on with this line of argument obliviously, despite the fact that he was receiving enthusiastic messages from Guido Fawkes and teenage Tory-boys. Of course, Rufus eventually backed down, because he’s above that sort of thing. He’s a better class of comedian, with ambitions towards becoming a serious actor, which is why he stuck out his appearances on Celebrity Juice for two series’, a fact he was visibly and hilariously embarrassed by after mocking both the programme and a Gameshow Marathon hosted by Keith Lemon he had agreed to appear on.
That’s really the issue here - the grand posturing, ill-judged and out-of-sync opinions, doing a corporate gig to present an award to G4S, deciding to call out the members of a fucking forum, proudly declaring his Lib Dem voting intentions in 2010, getting boyed by Keith Lemon - it all adds up to what should’ve been seen as a string of embarrassing failures by a deeply unlikable man, even by comedian standards. As it is, he’ll collect a bigger paycheque to present something even more low-brow, whilst turning up for an overacted bit-part in the occasional drama to soothe his ego, and there’s nothing you or I can do about it. If we get the television presenters we deserve, then the rapture is fully underway.
"Springsteen’s extra time cones as no surprise. Baby, he was born to run over his allotted time."
"Anyone who hasn’t read @Glinner’s live tweeting from the running of the bulls needs to get to his timeline NOW and treat themselves. Weeping"
"Jimmy Carr is a very nice man who works incredibly hard and has donated loads of money to good causes. He’s done absolutely nothing illegal."