Thank God (figuratively) for Martin. If I can rely on one person on these forums to keep the British end up its him. Seriously Martin has a lot of what is good about our country. If you want an example of a good thorough British chap, then Martin is that example.
Seriously though, I'm a member of another forum of totally different subject matter than this one, and I got torn to pieces by yanks for saying I found it funny. The general consensus in this country is that Tom overeacted, and his use of the word jerk was very funny. Seriously I think there may be some xenophobia behind some of the American reactions. I think some significant factions of America who are even afraid of ye old England, with it's water pistols and nihilistic comedy. Come on we went to Iraq with you, and sacrificed any chance of winning the Eurovison song contest, the least you can do is let us squirt the Cruisemeister in the face.
I still think it was funny. Although humour is fairly subjective, I'm still gonna' try and justify why it was funny. See I think yanks learnt Irony from us Brits, but they are still but aprentices to the noble art. They have bairly achieved their HND, whilst us Brits are about to recieve a noble prize for our work in the field. You see irony goes far beyond Chandler raising his eyebrows in Friends. This joke was ironic, in what I thought was a fairly obvious way. I mean it's so silly and slapstick that it's absurd. No elaborate 'Punk'd' style stunts, just a water gun in the face of one of the most vulgar conceited men in Hollywood. That's why it's funny, because it's totally lacking in imagination, and of such innocence, and they got Tom Crusie of all people.
Ok I suppose the irony wan't that complex, and the joke itself wasn't hilarious, but it deserves a chuckle.
Tom's reaction was classic though. 'Why would you do that?' 'Uhhhm cos' it's funny, and your very rich for no particular reason.' If someones just played a prank on you the last thing you do is ask them why they did it. At one point he holds the guys hands at one point, as if he was Jesus. Then he calls him a jerk, what the hell does jerk mean anyway?
Or does it make you a 'hater', if you take the p*ss out of celebs. Come on it's not jealousy fuelled or anything, celebs do deserve/need to be ridiculed from time to time, and Saint Tom should have realised it. They deserve to be ridiculed from time to time because their position is so absurd. They earn millions through doing very litle indeed. I'm not saying they should relinquish their fame and fortune (I wouldn't), but at least they should be able to laugh at themselves considerably more than a street cleaner who earns minimum wage.
I think Hollywood is the most wasteful comodity on the planet. Billions are spent on pseudo propoganda mind numbing pieces of sh*t, and the rest of the world has to lap it up for lack of a better alternative. There is a better alternative of course, in foreign cinema, but it's utterly choked by the hollywood drivel. No I'm not being pretentious arty farty here, most of the best films I've seen in my life have been foreign.
Still I'm sure some Americans must get the joke. I mean those South Park guys did far worse damage to celebs with Team America. The Jackass guys have effectively assualted many members of the public. America is home to some of the greatest and most sickening individuals on the planet, and all to often it's the sickening individuals who stand out.
This post wasn't aimed at any of the yanks on this forum, I love you all
That's the end of my vehement British discourse.