Saturday, January 03, 2009

Andrew Pierce stumbles over Lee's knighthood

The Telegraph's royal editor Andrew Pierce is pleased Bruce Forsyth didn't get a knighthood. He writes: "The sole reason the absurd public campaign was launched to knight Brucie, seemed to be the fact he was still going strong on the small screen at the age of 80. Ridiculous. What about Sir Christopher Lee who, at 86, is still in huge demand as an actor?" Christopher Lee is not a Sir, only a CBE. If Andrew is jesting, I see no hint of it.

"Forsyth is past it," adds Andrew. "He stumbles over his lines, he can't dance, and his pitiful jokes meander on longer than the lines on his face." I hadn't realised that knighthoods are given as a reward for staying lucid in old age: that must explain why the 30-something cyclist Chris Hoy is now a Sir: these sportsmen do age rapidly, don't they?

But look who's talking. Last time I saw Andrew, in The Green Carnation gay club in Greek Street, laughing along to porno jokes by author Rupert Smith, I was struck by the extent of the Martian-like canali beds on his face. And it's not Brucie who stumbles over his facts on celebrity knighthoods: you somehow expect better of a professional royal gossip. Especially one with such a bitch reputation.

7 comments:

Any old Bryony said...

Starting the way we mean to go? I think you'll find that was a subbing error. And Andrew knows all about you.

Anonymous said...

ooh talk about a bitch!

Elvira said...

Ooh, let’s see. Should I get in trouble speaking my mind on this one?

I recently learned that an acquaintance of mine is a Sir (French Ordre national du Mérite). This guy is a sweetheart and I have very fond thoughts about him, but I couldn’t help thinking: “well, being knighted has become rather common”. It happens that although he is not French (lived in France as a child) he has kept ties with the Embassy and donates his services when an event is organized; that’s his merit.

I must admit that everytime I see that actors are knighted I keep asking myself: what for? Their line of work keeps them in the plublic eye and there is no noble deed towards humanity to strive to be the best at it; it’s simply survival in such a fickle environment. Analysing why Judy Dench, Ian McKellen and Helen Mirren (all lovely ladies, mind you… – yes MA, Judy too) are knighted or Dames and not someone like Bruce Forsyth is a waste of time.

I would be far more upset if the title usually went to people who donate their time to help the needy or advance humanity in something like medicine, technology or workout a solution for peace, and instead it would also be given to some brownnosing politician (or entertainer for that matter).

Madame Arcati said...

Lee should be knighted because he's made over 260 movies and he's far better actor than Ian McKellen.

Madame Arcati said...
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Anonymous said...

what he meant was what about "sir" christopher lee..

Madame Arcati said...

So what happened to the quote marks?