There had already been plenty of Sun ridicule over Ms Church’s appearance on Question Time last Thursday, but that merely called her “Kooky”, which is only moderately nasty (the term was used again by the paper when she spoke at a People’s Assembly event in Manchester alongside Owen Jones). But today came the front page assault, with “Charlotte … Voice of an angel … brain of Angel Delight”.
It gets worse: “So why single out Charlotte … for special attention? Well, it owes something to the fact that she’s complained endlessly, and with a degree of justification, that her celebrity status is no reason for the press to delve into other areas of her life … Mysteriously, though, Charlotte has absolutely no problem with the fact that this celebrity status elevates her dumb student opinions to the same status as members of the Cabinet”.
And that was just the paper’s TV “critic”. The Sun Says kicks her even harder. “DID we miss a historic event: the official coronation of Charlotte Church as spokeswoman for the anti-austerity mob? Or did she just give herself the job? It is all as mysterious as the fact [?] that the BBC treats the Welsh songbird’s idiotic utterances with the same gravitas as it would an academic or elected politician”. Jealous, Sun pundits, much?
You’ll love the next line: “Then they bash out pseudo-intellectual gibberish to impress the slow of wit”. And talking of the slow of wit, the Sun’s terminally useless PR Dylan Sharpe got in on the act by calling Ms Church “Charlatan Church”. So why have all the Clever People Who Talk Loudly In Restaurants gone after her? Simples. Have a look at this headline: “Charlotte Church settles NoW phone-hacking claim for £600,000”.