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The thoughts and theories of a guy who basically should have gone to bed hours ago.

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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Why You Don't Send the Police to do Diplomacy

Here's a story that starts out strange, and then only gets stranger:

Back in October, the drummer for The Police, Stewart Copeland, gave an interview with Mercurio, a Chilean newspaper, in which he said, "Look, the future President of Argentina would be good for one beer; yours (would be good) for four."

Here's how Reuters described the incident:

While it was not clear what Copeland meant with the comments, many Chileans took them to mean he found their first woman president, Bachelet, less attractive than Argentine president-elect Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, who will be her country's first elected female leader.

Apparently, someone asked the Chilean President, Michelle Bachelet, what she thought of the remark, and she declined comment. Copeland sent her a letter which said:

I was mortified to learn this remark reached you and you were asked to comment on such a trivial matter. . . If by chance you are able, Sting, Andy (Summers) and I would welcome the opportunity to personally express our admiration for you and your wonderful country by extending an invitation to you and your guests to attend our performance.

So, let's review:

A rock and roll drummer says something incomprehensible about two female, South American world leaders. The press in one of the countries says, "we're not sure what he means, but we think he just called our President ugly. Let's ask her what she thinks about that." The President says, "Leave me alone." Then the drummer sends a letter to the President saying, "Sorry about that, Madame President. Won't happen again. Hey - would you like free tickets to our concert?"

And why wouldn't he - after all, she's good for four beers!

posted by Brian at 1:50 PM


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