Singer James Blunt has been in the “non-musical” news here in Britain in recent days. He got into a dust up with a Labour MP over that politician’s assertion that artists from elite educational backgrounds disproportionately dominate the U.K. entertainment scene. Many onlookers have sided with Blunt.
One of Blunt’s statements in his very public reply published in The Guardian:
….I got signed in America, where they don’t give a stuff about, or even understand what you mean by me and “my ilk”, you prejudiced wazzock, and I worked my arse off. What you teach is the politics of jealousy. Rather than celebrating success and figuring out how we can all exploit it further as the Americans do, you instead talk about how we can hobble that success and “level the playing field”….
The politician came back at him immediately and condescendingly….
Stop being so blooming precious….
Thus perhaps another difference been the U.S. and U.K. In America, I believe a politician would have instead at that point sought to “tone it down” and “make nice.” Advisors would have been nervously at him, warning, “Don’t alienate his fans! They’re potential voters!”
Anyway, never mind. And debating which of them is more right is not the point here. What’s intriguing is how it all kicked off because in making his remarks that MP had made the huge mistake of mentioning Blunt by name. The singer apparently read on Twitter of the MP’s having done so when a third party pointed out the MP’s comment….
Some time ago Blunt had found another “voice” through his social media presence. During last week’s “confrontation,” I read one conservative political tweeter who had joked, “Who weaponised James Blunt?” He’s razor sharp, unafraid to poke fun at himself and his image, and can be very humo(u)rously dry in his interactions.
So be forewarned: if you so much as mention him on Twitter you could well find him replying directly @ you in your timeline. And his outreach won’t necessarily be along the lines of, “Great to hear you’re a fan!” Although, then again, he might observe something like that…. sarcastically:
And he has a sense of humo(u)r about his persona and impact:
He will outwardly challenge a major newspaper’s negative reviewer with a zinger:
Or he’ll tease:
He also manages to perhaps look edgier by not posturing that he’s some musical god:
Have a good Wednesday. 🙂
UPDATE: January 30: Remarkable timing. He has just today been reminded of a huge downside to social media flippancy. The Mail:
James Blunt has been accused of homophobia after joking about ‘picking up the soap’ in the showers around fellow public schoolboys including David Cameron and Boris Johnson….
Tweeting jokes about yourself is one thing. So is offering barbed comments about individuals’ opinions. But once what you “joke” about can be construed as making fun of a group of people for what they are, you will get called on it.