Saturday, April 12, 2003
Tony Blair puts international priorities first.
British Prime Minister Tony Blair has taken time out from the war with Iraq to star in an episode of the hit US television show "The Simpsons".
From his official London residence, Blair recorded three lines of dialogue for the show on Friday, the Daily Mirror tabloid said on its front page.
"The Simpsons" is an animated situation comedy known for its irreverent humour and the subtle political commentary. Loved by children and adults around the world, it recently celebrated its 300th episode after 14 years.
"He's a big fan of The Simpsons," the paper quoted Blair sources as saying.
"He knows he might get some criticism because of the timing but this was in the diary long before the war began," the sources added. [...]
"We believe it will greatly benefit tourism and help bring Americans back to London (following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001)," the sources said of Blair's appearance.
Yes, because the terrorist attacks that were wrought upon London that day were appalling things. London needs all the support it can get.