Pure gold

Tom Coates on David Blaine:

I'll give you an example. Jennifer Lopez somehow managed to claim that being 'for real' was - for her- 'like breathing' - that she was indeed still Jenny from the Block. But in fact she was possibly the least grounded human being since Yuri Gagarin - and everyone knew it! But it didn't matter - they still lapped it up shamelessly. Blaine is radically post-Lopez (po-lo?) in the scale of his attempts to turn pure shit into gold - hence the in-box nappy - and that's the aspect that the British can't forgive. So why is he hated? It's not because he's American and it's not because the British are evil. Fundamentally, simply, basically, finally he's just hated because he's a twat. It's just that in America, many more twats get famous...