Tom Lehrer famously said that political satire became obsolete when Henry Kissinger was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. We think the 2014 version of this might have just taken place...
Nobody on Twitter is going to write a funnier joke than Tony Blair being named Philanthropist of the Year.
Well played, real life.— Jason (@NickMotown) September 3, 2014
Here was the former Prime Minister receiving his prize at the GQ Men Of The Year Awards on Tuesday night:
And as one tweeter put it:
Tony Blair, there, looking like a man who was just handed a live grenade with no pin. https://t.co/rMgdHFA5yR— The_No_Show (@The_No_Show) September 3, 2014
Yes, if any appearance by Tony Blair is a red rag to a Twitter bull, then Tony Blair picking up a philanthropy award is a red rag to a Twitter bull that's calling bulls***.
The GQ Men of the Year Awards are happening, and the year appears to be 1997 or thereabouts.— paul bassett davies (@thewritertype) September 2, 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
The irony was not, of course, lost on people. Not even Gary Lineker:
Apparently, Tony Blair has won GQ's philanthropist of the year award. Finally these awards have grasped irony!— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) September 2, 2014
While most tweeters were simply incredulous:
Did I miss a memo? When did "Philanthropist" change it's meaning to "Warmongering c***"?September 3, 2014
Tony Blair Philanthropist of the Year. What next, Jihadi John to stand for UKIP because he proves their point so well?— fleetstreetfox (@fleetstreetfox) September 3, 2014
And it wasn't limited to these shores:
Blair's award led many to speculate about the evening's other potential recipients:
Best Nigel Farage - Nigel Farage
Best Woman - Toby Young
Best Musician - Simon Cowell
Most Self-Aware Magazine - GQ— Dean Burnett (@garwboy) 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
Other #GQAwards of the year: Pacifist: Vladimir Putin, Theologist: Richard Dawkins, Feminist: Cee Lo Green, Samaritan: Louise Mensch.— Tiernan Douieb (@TiernanDouieb) September 2, 2014
#GQAwards Tony Blair wins Philanthropist of the Year. Other awards: Putin gets Pacifist of the Year; Jeremy Clarkson Lifetime Feminist Award— Pete Sinclair (@pete_sinclair) September 2, 2014
Tony Blair won GQ's Philanthropist of the Year, narrowly beating Vladimir Putin, Gary Barlow and a colony of wasps.— Michael Spicer (@MrMichaelSpicer) September 3, 2014
(Or, indeed, next year's winners.)
After Tony Blair's philanthropy award, I'm hopeful of winning GQ's 'African American Woman Of The Year' in 2015.— Nick Pettigrew (@Nick_Pettigrew) September 3, 2014
And also to speculate about GQ's motives:
Did GQ just take trolling to a new level? #TonyBlair— Garry White (@GarryWhite) September 3, 2014
so Tony Blair won philanthropist of the year and Kim kardashian won woman of the year? did you do this for bants @BritishGQ— mrs. spacey (@amritamudan) September 3, 2014
Gosh, it's almost as if GQ knew by giving Tony Blair that award they'd trend on Twitter for the next two days...— tom jamieson (@jamiesont) September 3, 2014
But what was Blair's award for? There were theories...
Tony Blair's very philanthropic, he donated all those cluster bombs to Iraqi kids.— Primly Stable (@PrimlyStable) September 2, 2014
Nice of GQ to recognise Tony Blair's brilliant 12 months of stamp-collecting #PhilatelistOfTheYear— Michael Hogan (@michaelhogan) September 2, 2014
Stop knocking Tony Blair for his award! He is a philanthropist. Look at all the bombs he donated onto all those innocent Iraqis. #GQAwards— Abbey Bloom (@AbbeyBloom) September 2, 2014
Though some were unhappy that it was hiding the achievements of others:
Feel like the Tony Blair thing is overshadowing this. http://t.co/gx185c3c6Y— Keri (@kerihw) September 2, 2014
But maybe it had all been a dream...
I had the funniest dream in which Tony Blair got a Humanitarian of the Year award!— Dan Rebellato (@DanRebellato) September 3, 2014
Or just a simple mistake?
"Benn! We said Tony BENN..." pic.twitter.com/MgQ3Iw1Wrd— Robin Flavell (@RobinFlavell) September 3, 2014
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