By David Futrelle
I‘m starting a new series of posts — which may become a regular, possibly even daily, thing — called Brand New Ugly, in which I’ll highlight items in the news or in social media that seem to be emblematic of the new era of political and social ugliness we’ve fallen into.
So let’s get going with …
It’s bad enough that the Trumpian, bad-haircutted buffoon Boris Johnson is going to be the British Prime Minister. Did Quillette have to compound the damage by writing a weirdly phrenological puff piece on the man that, among other things, rhapsodized about his “Germanic” skull shape?
Calipers out, lads! Here’s the relevant passage from Toby Young’s piece “Cometh the Hour, Cometh the Man: A Profile of Boris Johnson,” describing Young’s first meeting with Johnson way back in 1983.
Later on in the piece, Young describes Johnson as “a cross between Hugh Grant and a silverback gorilla.” This is supposed to be a compliment.
H/T: Aaron Sankin on Twitter
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