The Tangled Life Of Hugh Grant

Ever since he discovered that the UK’s Conservative government may have been complicit in phone hacking, Hugh Grant has rallied against the establishment. He may have played a bumbling prime minister in “Love Actually,” but he wasn’t too pleased when one Boris Johnson went on to lead the country. Back in 2019, he furiously slammed Johnson on Twitter, declaring, “F*** off you over-promoted rubber bath toy. Britain is revolted by you and your little gang of masturbatory prefects.”

After myriad controversies, from breaching the coronavirus lockdown rules that he implemented to making light of alleged sexual assaults, Johnson was finally ousted from Number 10 in 2022. This was welcome news for Grant, who gleefully celebrated the PM’s downfall. Accordingly, he concocted a shady (and thoroughly British) plan to troll the press following Johnson’s resignation.

Asking a favor from anti-Tory activist Steve Bray, he tweeted, “Morning @snb19692 Glad you have your speakers back. Do you by any chance have the Benny Hill music to hand?” Often parodied, “The Benny Hill Show” theme, “Yakety Sax,” is a comical tune that was accompanied by absurdist events when featured on the slapstick comedy series. Bray, who had previously played a parody song entitled “Bye, Bye Boris” during Johnson’s resignation speech, obliged and blasted the theme outside Parliament. “Just for @HackedOffHugh as requested here today at the media circus… The Benny Hill theme tune,” Bray proudly wrote. Subsequently, the song played during news reports covering Johnson’s resignation.

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