Monday, November 19, 2007

Today's Hoot!

Everyone enjoyed Spain's King Juan Carlos bitch slapping crazed Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez, but it has taken on a life of its own in Spain:

The unseemly spat at the recent Ibero-American summit in Chile, which saw Spanish King Juan Carlos ask a gobby Hugo Chávez "Why don't you shut up?", has proved a big hit down at YouTube, as well as spawning a spin-off industry punting t-shirts, mugs and ringtones to impressed Spaniards.
Well, it didn't take long for the net wags to get busy, and here's a pleasing example of the kind of thing currently entertaining YouTubers:

Nice tune. In Spain, meanwhile, the locals are falling over themselves to grab ¿Por qué no te callas? merchandise, with t-shirts proving extremely popular. Ringtone companies have been quick to cash in, and have trousered an estimated £1m, according to the Telegraph.
Hugo's secret is that he has a very thin skin, so short of dropping a Hellfire on the lunatic, making him the butt of the joke provokes the most discomfort.