When was the last time you put your foot in it? I mean really, badly, monumentally put your foot in it? Well don’t worry, we’re here to make you feel better about your gaffes by showing you people who made worse ones!
Remember that time Ronnie O’Sullivan had to apologise for rude comments he made during a press conference in China, when he thought the microphone he was holding wouldn’t pick up what he was saying? Whoops! We won’t be quoting his words here!
Or the time Gordon Brown didn’t realise his microphone was on, and referred to a lovely lady voter he’d just been talking to as a “bigoted woman.” Oh dear!
Talking of politicians, John Prescott was once heard to utter, “trouble is, if you build a good school they all want to go to it.” Err, right…
And if we’re talking politicians and gaffes, we can’t let Boris Johnson get away! He called St Patrick’s Day “Lefty crap”, and earlier this year admitted that he didn’t know the point of a bridge for which he was paying £30 million.
It’s not just the sports stars and politicians though! Gerald Ratner, owner of the eponymous jewellery chain, made a massive gaffe. If you’ve not heard of Ratners, it’s probably because he single-handedly brought the company to its knees in 1991 when he said in a speech, “we also do cut-glass sherry decanters complete with glasses on a silver-plated tray that your butler can serve you drinks on, all for £4.95. People say, “How can you sell this for such a low price?” I say, “Because it’s total crap.” Uh-oh.
One hilarious example was when Topman’s brand director was asked who was Topman’s target market and replied, “Hooligans, or whatever.”
How about the time Prince Charles, whilst posing for photos with his sons on a skiing holiday, was caught on microphone referring to a well-known TV interviewer,saying “bloody people… I can’t stand that man. He’s so awful, he really is!” Uh…
Of course, the king of the foot-in-mouth incident has to be our own dear Prince Philip. He asked expats in Abu Dhabi, “are you running away from something?” When told Madonna would be performing the theme for Die Another Day, he asked “are we going to need ear plugs?” Upon meeting the president of Nigeria, who was wearing national dress, he told him he looked like he was ready for bed. Then there’s the time he told a tourist in Budapest, “you can’t have been here long; you haven’t got a pot belly” – and perhaps best of all, speaking to a British trekker in Papua New Guinea: “you managed not to get eaten, then?” Actually, Prince Philip kind of makes you want to cheer, doesn’t he?
Putting our feet in our mouths seems to be a fantastically British pastime; something we excel at. The problem is that when you have big feet, it’s harder to extract them from your mouth!
Luckily, finding shoes to fit those big feet isn’t such a big problem. Here at Bigfootshoes we have a shoe for every occasion, in a range of sizes you won’t find in the average shop. So if you’re going to partake of the tremendous British tradition of putting your foot in your mouth, at least your feet will be both comfortable and stylish while you do it!