So yesterday the venerable old sage Tony Blair was awarded Philanthropist of the Year at the GQ awards. These days you can get arrested for making accusatory jokes on the internet about people you don’t like or agree with so I’ve got to be careful.
But I’m going to give that tumbleweed a little room to breathe as we all take in the irony that the words ‘Tony Blair’ and ‘philanthropist’ have appeared in the same headline. Without the words ‘is not at all a’ in between.
This is just a quick post to share some of the funniest twitter reactions to this wonderful news. Here they are:
Apparently, Tony Blair has won GQ’s philanthropist of the year award. Finally these awards have grasped irony!
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) September 2, 2014
So pleased for Tony Blair winning Philanthropist of the Year last night at the GQ awards *side glance to camera* — Verso Books (@VersoBooks) September 3, 2014
People shouldn’t be so angry with GQ. I also often confuse the words “philanthropist” and “war monger” #tonyblair
— Sophia Walker (@PoetWalker) September 3, 2014
Tony Blair’s winning Philanthropist of the Year? Shut up, GQ, you’re drunk and not funny.
— Liz Buckley (@liz_buckley) September 2, 2014
Congratulations to Tony Blair on winning ‘Philanthropist of the Year’ at GQ Awards. Next up, Jeremy Clarkson wins ‘Diversity Champion 2014’. — Dan (@ThatConnArtist) September 2, 2014
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en-gb”><p>Erm…Someone should tell them RT <a href=”https://twitter.com/BritishGQ”>@BritishGQ</a>: Philanthropist Of The Year goes to Tony Blair: <a href=”http://t.co/RR3bRVlg4h”>http://t.co/RR3bRVlg4h</a> <a href=”http://t.co/gherm7bitV”>pic.twitter.com/gherm7bitV</a></p>— TheLitCritGuy (@TheLitCritGuy) <a href=”https://twitter.com/TheLitCritGuy/status/506914607592902658″>September 2, 2014</a></blockquote>
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My personal favourite…
GQ philanthropist of the yr: Tony Blair. Piers Morgan scoops one for outstanding journalism & award for feminist hero goes to Katie Hopkins. — Bella (@bellamackie) September 2, 2014
And although this guy makes a good point about us all jumping on the bandwagon…
Has anyone actually looked into Tony Blair’s philanthropy before saying he doesn’t deserve the award?
— Andrew Chrysostom (@ArticulatePanda) September 3, 2014
…I think twitter is righteous in its outrage. Tony’s win shows us that apparently you can do anything you want and as long as you do a bit of charity work (once you’re absolutely minted mind you), they’ll call you a Philanthropist and give you a pat on the back.
Well Done Tony!
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