This week’s glamorous GQ Men of the Year Awards ceremony drew a lot of undesirable attention when the audience loudly booed former Prime Minister Tony Blair as he collected his ‘Philanthropist of the Year’ award.
On the official GQ website, the tribute to Mr Blair read: ‘In 2007 Tony Blair stepped down as prime minister, but his surging momentum’s shown no signs of slowing. Alongside his role as a Middle East peace envoy, Blair’s channelled his energy into philanthropy, establishing three charities.’
Celebrities and T.V. personalities took to the social media to express their disbelief with Gary Lineker tweeting: ‘Apparently, Tony Blair has won GQ’s philanthropist of the year award. Finally these awards have grasped irony!’ and Labour MP John Mann saying: ‘It sends the wrong message. This sort of award should go to an unsung hero who has given up their time for charity.’
Tony Blair’s reputation has suffered due to his unfounded involvement in the Iraq war in 2003 and his involvement in spinning the alleged brutal massacre in Kazakhstan. A wrong decision by the GQ magazine? – to say the least. We wonder what will it be next – a Nobel Peace prize?