Absolute Power – Take Two

Happy Stephen Fry Appreciation Day!

After Berta’s executive decision which declared Monday a Stephen Fry Appreciation Day, I’ll continue this tradition with a post about Absolute Power.

Absolute Power follows the exploits of Charles Prentiss and Martin McCabe the best “sultans of spin” in London (I’m not alluding to Alistair Campbell or Peter Mandelson). The one thing that’s truly exceptional about this show is the fact that writers actually had contact with PR. As a fact bender myself, I can honestly tell you that this show can be a PR manual or, at least, a how-to of sorts. This is why I truly like it! So what can you learn if you watch this show?

Anything Can Be Spun – Whether it’s a country like USA or Bin Laden family wanting to buy British Airways, no subject is impervious to good spin.

French People Are Not Frogs – It is just plain rude to address French citizens as Frogs. If one requires addressing a non specific French person one should say “Perfidious Frenchmen”. Oh yea, this can be applied to women as well, apparently they are just as perfidious as men (I’m all about Political Correctness).

Insulting Royals Is Not Rude – Apparently the royals are here to be insulted. That is one of their primary purposes. However, if the uncivilized banana republic you spawned from doesn’t have royals, like mine, it is jolly good fun taking a piss at one’s president.

Language Is FunSaying “Make fun of Georgie the Decider” in previous sentence would have been so much easier, but why should one say anything with six words, when it can just as easily be said with twenty five?

Sex Heals All Wounds – No, I don’t mean have sex all the time (well … yea, that too), but any scandal, large or small, can be diminished by a good (or bad) sex tape.

Ugly Duckling Effect – Anyone can become popular, they just have to be whored up. Get yourself a good stylist, a designer and Bob’s your auntie!

Reality Show Is Good – Stars believe they are above us mere mortals, so they have to go on reality shows to show they are just like us. More down to earth the show is (like showing one’s snatch or wang dudle), closer they feel to their fans.

Admit and Explain – People (or Sheep as they are better known) love a good honest apology. Whether you are Crazy Homicidal Pedophile or just plain old Politician, good honest to God admittance of guilt (with a few references to The Almighty himself just for good measure) and a plea for forgiveness can make any scandal go away.

John Tickle is a real person – Apparently!

Prentiss-McCabe Syndrome – If nothing else works this is the ticket out of any and all scandals. Syndromes include: misplacement of moral fiber, loss of faith, ambition and will to live.

Love Them, Hate Them – You have To See Them!

You can also hear the radio show here.


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