Tom Hiddleston apologises for ‘inelegant’ Golden Globes acceptance speech

It started off like any other award acceptance speech. There were thank-yous to producers, the television network, agents and co-stars. Then it careered into a story about what humanitarians call “dirty beer”.

Two days after winning his Golden Globe, actor Tom Hiddleston has now taken the unusual step of apologising for his acceptance speech, calling it “inelegant” and blaming a bout of nerves.

Despite Hiddleston’s hopes to promote humanitarian efforts in east Africa, keyboard warriors called his speech a boring and longwinded “humblebrag”, with videos of bored-looking celebrities listening to the sermon going viral.

The British Night Manager star, most recently known for a short-lived affair with Taylor Swift, has been an ambassador for UNICEF UK since 2015, and highlighted the plight of children in South Sudan after visiting in November.

 “The Night Manager is about arms dealing and there are far too many arms going into South Sudan,” he said.

Hiddleston continued, telling the story of how, while enjoying a “dirty beer” one night in South Sudan, a group of Medecins Sans Frontieres doctors approached him to tell him they had binge-watched The Night Manager during a period of heavy shelling.

“The idea that I could provide – or that we could provide some relief and entertainment for the people that work for UNICEF and Medecins Sans Frontieres and the World Food Programme, who are fixing the world in the places where it is broken, made me immensely proud. “

But the earnest two-minute speech was lampooned online almost immediately.

“Hey Tom Hiddleston, what the hell is a ‘dirty beer’?”, website Spin asked.

On Tuesday, Hiddleston told his millions of followers he agreed that his speech was “inelegantly expressed”.

“The idea that I could provide – or that we could provide some relief and entertainment for the people that work for UNICEF and Medecins Sans Frontieres and the World Food Programme, who are fixing the world in the places where it is broken, made me immensely proud. “

But the earnest two-minute speech was lampooned online almost immediately.

“Hey Tom Hiddleston, what the hell is a ‘dirty beer’?”, website Spin asked.

On Tuesday, Hiddleston told his millions of followers he agreed that his speech was “inelegantly expressed”.

Source: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/golden-globes/tom-hiddleston-apologises-for-inelegant-golden-globes-acceptance-speech-20170111-gtpb20.html

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