Graham Norton is not the only one who’s over Trinny and Susannah: the whole British public has turned on the What Not To Wear doyennes. Their current show, Undress the Nation, has plummeted from 7 million viewers way down to 2.5 million. The Guardian‘s Hadley Freeman says the duo is losing ground to fashionista Gok Wan, whose How to Look Good Naked series has become a phenomenon: “One theory is that the secret of his success is being so much nicer than T&S. This is not exactly true. Like the ladies, Wan believes that no outfit is complete without control-top knickers. But whereas Trinny and Susannah think that looking taller/thinner/younger are the sole factors behind one’s choice of wardrobe, Wan knows that maybe some other reasons come into play. Like having fun.” The Independent says, “T&S’s reluctance to promote cosmetic surgery is admirable, but their endeavors to move with the times by choosing to get under their subjects’ skins psychologically rather than physically haven’t been entirely successful. Perhaps it’s just not such good entertainment any more?”
Is it possible to write an article criticizing “metrosexuals” without being homophobic? Apparently not: Exhibit A is The Daily Mail‘s Dave Besley, who writes: “The situation worsened when gay men started coming out of the closet and people like George Michael, Elton John, and Graham Norton became the biggest stars of the day, revered for their lifestyles – which women felt they could empathize with. In the meantime, straight guys – forever told by women that ‘all the nice men are gay’ – lost their identity. When every woman suddenly wanted a Gay Best Friend – and they, too, were feted in films like My Best Friend’s Wedding – how were we meant to react?”
Did officials at 10 Downing Street waste taxpayer funds on a fake, humorous “Jeremy Clarkson for Prime Minister” ad (watch it here)? The ad was done in response to a petition to have the Top Gear host installed as PM. (Reuters)
Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.