This week Sir Nicholas Winton, an astonishing 105 years old and still sharp as a tack, was honoured by the Czech Government for his work 76 years ago when he saved 669 Jewish children by arranging their safe transport out of Czechoslovakia and away from the gas chambers that consumed their parents and grandparents. At that stage, Britain was the only country willing to admit unaccompanied minors. Sir Nicholas makes you feel humble and also proud to be a member of the same human race. By coincidence, this week also saw an announcement sneaked in under the public radar by the Minister of State in the Foreign Office, Baroness Anelay, a person of whose existence WTF and probably anyone else was previously unaware, by way of a Parliamentary written answer. Her Ladyship informed us that Her Majesty’s Government no longer intended to contribute towards the air and sea rescue of refugees in unseaworthy vessels. She said “We do not support planned search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean. We believe that they create an unintended ‘pull factor’, encouraging more migrants to attempt the dangerous sea crossing and thereby leading to more tragic and unnecessary deaths”. The migration policy of Her Majesty’s Government appears to be reduced to two words – Fuck ’em. A similar policy has been advanced by the Australian Foreign Minister Scott Morrison. He ignored the advice of his own department in refusing visas for refugees. The High Court ruled against him and so he developed an alternative strategy, namely to use some obscure public interest section in the Migration Act to deny them visas. That too is under challenge in the High Court.
WTF is descended on both sides from refugees. Her paternal grand-parents came to Britain from Poland to escape the pogroms. Her mother and grandmother got out of what is now Moldova by the skin of their teeth and were lucky enough to find safety from the Nazis and their pals, the Iron Guard. Friends of my mother and grandmother were lying dead in the street which they witnessed as they left the cellars where they had been in hiding for a week. (The night before their boat was due to leave for Istanbul, there was an earthquake and my mother also witnessed an apartment block collapse. And yet she was the sunniest, life-embracing woman WTF has ever met). Many of those whom they left behind were either murdered or tried to sail to freedom and sank in unseaworthy vessels. So, Readers, you will readily understand that WTF is unsympathetic to the Fuck ’em school of migration policy. It is one thing to have an immigration policy. It is quite another to watch people drown in order to teach them a lesson. Sir Nicholas reminds us that there was and is decency in the world. It is just a pity that it doesn’t seem to have found a home in either Canberra or Westminster.
Let us start the sartorial roll of shame with actor Alan Cumming at the Elton John Foundation – Enduring Vision Gala in New York.
Alan loves his native Scotland so much that he has just applied for US citizenship. He looks like a Caledonian circus clown minus the curly ginger wig. Were you standing next to him, you would be in fear of being squirted in the eye by his water-pistol bow tie. And WTF are those boots? Is he romping through the frozen tundra back to his Manhattan apartment?
Next we have Kate Moss out of the razz at Annabel’s in her pyjamas.
Let us begin with her right leg which is at a most peculiar angle as if someone has half twisted it off. Let us then progress to the creased high-waisted satin jim-jams worn with a black polo neck and a pink feather boa that even Dame Barbara Cartland would have scorned. Just terribly, terribly terrible.
We meet couturier Jean-Paul Gaultier wearing his own creation.
He has worn skirts before but now he is wearing maxis. Creased ones. It just makes you weep….
Next up, a real treat for you. Meet Vogue Contributing Fashion Editor Lynn Yaeger looking, as she normally does, utterly bizarre.
What is that mouth? Like a Russian doll….
And what is she wearing? The velvet dressing gown is rather fabulous but the frilled black sparklefest is like something you would see on the Dowager Duchess of Grantham at the Downton Abbey Servants’ Ball. Only she would not have worn hers with footless leggings and jazz shoes.
Last week, super-strumpet Maitland Ward shocked and appalled us with her revolting leather see-through dress with Minge Waterfall and built-in fart flap. Ever mindful of her responsibilities to her Readers’ health and safety, WTF then spared you the other dress she wore ON THE SAME NIGHT also by J. Loren for Adolfo Sanchez. The Governor of California should be seeking some sort of injunctive relief as a matter of emergency. Here’s the “front”, if that is the word WTF is looking for, which it isn’t.
This amounts to no more than a series of triangular bit-covers. And here is the rear, which is DEFINITELY the word WTF is looking for.
One hesitates to comment on the dark red outline, like a monkey’s buttocks, but WTF is never one to hesitate for long. What is it? Whatever it is, it should not be on display.
And now a triumvirate of Designer Disgustingness from the amFAR Inspiration Gala in New York. It is of course laudable that celebs do their bit to assist in the fight against AIDS. It is just not clear why they have to strip near-naked in order to do it. And whatever they may be inspiring, they are not inspiring young women to dress with self-respect. First we have super-model Alessandra Ambrosio in Zuhair Murad. Watch out when you click the link – Brazilian samba music comes right out at you….
Dad dah, dah dah! Minge Moment alert! The dress is scaly. And horrible. And worse still – the nip-tips! Or pasties as our American friends call them….
After making AIDS history, can we make sheer history? Please?
Then we have Rihanna dressed as a two bit tart wearing Tom Ford. Tom Ford!
Rihana dressed as a two-bit tart is nothing new. Indeed, it is the norm. But Tom Ford!!!! The man who used to be the by-word for class. As Mark Antony remarked in Julius Caesar, Oh what a fall there was, my countrymen…
And then there is Miley Cyrus dressed as an S&M princess. Also wearing Tom Ford.
Many months back, WTF warned that Tom Ford was on the Julien Macdonald Way to Wankiness. She rests her case.
This week’s It’s Got To Go comes at the suggestion of WTF aficionados Stephen and Helen of Potters Bar as well as Yvonne Ridley, all of whom are outraged and then some by the umpteenth return to Coronation Street of Jim MacDonald played by Charlie Lawson, so he is. Although he might have left again, so he might.
Jim, who comes from Northern Ireland, so he does, finishes every sentence with some faux-Irish exclamation. Charlie Lawson is, by some distance, the worst actor on television, so he is. The producers should stop bringing him back, so they should, before WTF, Stephen, Helen, Yvonne and many others turn off Corrie for good.
OK Readers, that’s your lot for this week. Keep your excellent comments coming in, as WTF does enjoy them, as well as your suggestions for It’s Got To Go and let us meet again next Friday. Be good x
It has been a few weeks since I have felt truly shocked by the line up but today’s edition is a corker! I personally don’t mind a man wearing a sarong though, in fact my husband often wears one in the house because it is comfortable. I suppose IF my husband was going to wear one outside in the evening he would choose black too, in fact Jean Paul Gautier doesn’t look half bad, quite understated. Rihanna wearing sprinkles on her boobs – surely sprinkles are for cakes ? Alan Cummings hair looks as if he modelled it on the style of one of our friend Yvonne’s feathered friends. Perhaps he is a fan of Soho2Silo?
Wow. Didn’t know one was allowed to wear two horrible outfits in one evening like Maitland Ward did. Does she have a permanent room rented nearby so that all,the men who are SO turned on by her attempts to flaunt her as-nearly-naked-as-possible body can have their way with her? Sheesh.
And as for the woman in the lovely bathrobe, I guess if you have a face that would scare a dog why bother to look attractive? Better to do the Russian doll thing.
I think the Vogue Contributing Editor wishes she had been born Vivienne Westwood. At least Westwood can pull it off. She patently cannot…
Texas will be holding statewide elections on Tuesday. One of the big issues is immigration by people without authorization crossing from Mexico into Texas across the Rio Grande. The Rio Grande is very wide and very long, as befits everything associated with the Lone Star State, but it is also so shallow and slow-moving in many places that you can walk across it without getting your shorts wet. Unfortunately, the politicians who are likely to win on Tuesday are equally shallow and slow-moving. They have decided that the best way to deal with these informal immigration practices is to erect a high-voltage electrified fence, hire armed guards to shoot the survivors, and leave the bodies to the coyotes and vultures as a warning to the others. The British and Australian policies you cite positively reek of humanity and compassion and universal brotherhood in comparison.
Lynn Yeager puzzles me. Why would an adult make her face up to look like Raggedy Ann?
I thought Texas was part of Mexico?
Not since Santa Anna decided that inviting gringos to settle in Texas to provide a barrier between Mexico and the Indians was a good idea.
White man drew the lines on the map all over the world and people still die from the consequences.
Laura. Niether the drawing of lines on maps nor beastly behavior are a monopoly of white men.
I couldn’t remember what Maitland Ward’s dress reminded me of. Thought it was a stealth bomber but that wasn’t quite right. Then I remembered. It is The Great Pyramid at Giza. She has a Minge Pyramid.
Hope not Hate have started a campaign to petition parliament and request them to continue participating in search and rescue for drowning immigrants. Link here for those who would like to sign http://action.hopenothate.org.uk/page/s/dont-let-them-drown
The fate of the MS St Louis in 1939 was a factor in the post war enactment of the UN Convention on Refugees and a story depicted both in films and books but when you look at policy of UK and Australia today, all you can say is plus ça change ….. although there are rare exceptions http://www.jpost.com/Arts-and-Culture/Entertainment/Vietnamese-boat-people-become-Israeli
I knew the Vogue woman reminded me of someone….Bette Midler in Hocus Pocus!
Andrew’s observations are quite correct but rather understated. Most of Australia’s policies (not to assist in treating ebola victims, cutting of overseas aid and withdrawing from global preservation) do indeed reek. Keith of HK
On behalf of aboriginal people in Australia, Canada and America – what he says https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEiCbalBy2w
Disgusting! In a statement, Foreign Office Minister Joyce Anelay said: ‘We understand that by withdrawing this rescue cover we will be leaving innocent children, women and men to drown who we would otherwise have saved.’
She added that but when word got round, “they will think twice about making the journey. And so eventually, over time, more lives will be saved”.