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Step forward, 2007's 'Humanitarian of the Year'.

Which, according to the UNHCR, is, erm, Tony Bennett. PRNewswire has the details, but requires registration. They are, for some reason, keeping schtum about it on UNCHR's site.

Apparently, this is "in recognition of Bennett's lifelong contribution to human rights and his recent work as spokesperson for USA for UNHCR's Aid Darfur campaign". Lifelong?

He is a perfectly acceptable middle of the road crooner, but from what I can see, his paintings are just awful. Perhaps mercifully his art site is failing to load, but the starstruck, brave or curious can click here for an introduction to his painting by numbers style.

Meanwhile, I can never see someone termed a 'humanitarian without thinking of the recurring speech in 'All That Jazz': "A great entertainer! A great humanitarian! And my friend of 17 years!".

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Blogger Newmania said... 3:58 pm

Don`t remember that line oddly although I have seen the show . Human Rights is moving swiftly up on the rail to get into the leading group of ikky words isn`t it .  



Blogger Croydonian said... 4:08 pm

Should I find myself in a hospital bed or similar, I hope to have the presence of mind to use this line on any conveniently placed foil: "If I die, I'm sorry for all the bad things I did to you. And if I live, I'm sorry for all the bad things I'm going to do to you".  



Anonymous verity said... 5:51 pm

Those "paintings" are hideous! And so many!

Cyd Charisse was a fabulous dancer, though.  



Blogger CityUnslicker said... 8:23 pm

As this is a UN HCR body I would have thought they would chosse some Hamas oe FATAH loon as their hero of the year.

But to choose a popular American singer. Something needs to be investigated here....  



Blogger Croydonian said... 9:32 pm

CU - They've chosen Angelina Jolie and Colin Powell in the past. Trying to win friends and influence people, maybe?  



Blogger The Hitch said... 11:48 pm

Fuck me
He claims to have spent 50 years honing that "talent"
I recall recently reading that he once snogged Elton john and enjoyed it.
That fact combined with his Woolworth's reject daubing says lot about the mans sense of aesthetics  



Blogger The Hitch said... 11:53 pm

may I also point out that his agent is Dick kleinman
klein german for small
work it out  



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