I have many reasons to be jealous of Emma Thompson (complete lack of fucks, access to good booze), but today it’s her ability to remain so calm and collected around cake. Whenever I get near a slice of cake, I turn into Dario the Leonberger. Also what kind of cake is that? It looks delicious. (Note from Michael: Remind me to text Allison directions to her nearest LensCrafters, because she needs an emergency eye exam if she thinks that baked baby diarrhea cake looks good.)
But back to why we’re talking about cake. Britain will be holding a referendum soon-ish to decide whether or not they want to remain a member of the European Union. Of course, lots of famous Brits are being asked what they think of it. On Monday, Emma Thompson was asked about the possibility of Britain quitting the EU during a press conference in Berlin for her movie Alone in Berlin.
Nanny McPhee replied that Britain would be “mad not to” stay in the EU. She then elaborated a bit more by jokingly describing Britain in the following wonderful way:
“A tiny little cloud-bolted, rainy corner of sort-of Europe, a cake-filled misery-laden grey old island.“
Emma added that Britain should hold on to its EU membership card because, “We should be taking down borders, not putting them up.”
Naturally, lots of British people got their knickers in a twist over Emma’s not-serious comments about it being a snack-filled sadness hole. For example, The Sun was so upset about what Emma said, they put her on the front page of the newspaper the next day and Photoshopped a piece of cake in her mouth. They were clearly still super pissed off, because the day after that, they sent a giant Victoria sponge cake with a picture of the front page of the newspaper on it to Emma’s house. Ooooh, sick burn, The Sun!
— The Sun (@TheSun) February 18, 2016
Emma, being the laid-back legend that she is, loved the cake and said, “Well done, this is very funny. I thought everyone had lost their minds this morning. But actually you’re the best – this is why I live here, because of the humour.”
I know Emma claimed she was joking about the whole “cake-filled misery-laden grey old island” thing, but if I’ve learned anything from this story, it’s that the “cake-filled” part was 100% accurate. You can talk shit about Britain and a free cake will literally show up at your house. No wonder Morrissey is always loudly hating on the UK; he’s in it for the free cake!