Comedian Rosie Holt, who has gone viral with her satirical videos as a Tory MP, has reflected on 2022 as a year that makes British politicians “ripe for mockery”.
olt has received hundreds of thousands of likes and retweets on Twitter throughout the year, mocking political turmoil by including the congressman in charge of supporting Rosie Holt in breakfast TV interviews. fake about the party portal scandal and the cost of living crisis, a total of more than 290,000 followers in the process.
The Somerset native spoke to the PA news agency about “crazy dreams” about the political scandals that have brought her material this year, why Nadine Dorries wasn’t an inspiration for the character. spread and the feeling of being mistaken for a real congressman – including former Ukip leader Henry Bolton.
“I certainly didn’t come in here with the intention of fooling anyone,” Holt said.
“But now, I think people are happy to be offended – I hope that’s not a bad thing.
“A lot of the things the Government is doing make me very angry/sad, so I find that a relief.
“And some of the messages that I get from people is that a lot of people are finding that… we all want to laugh at the sad things and the things that are going on in our country.”
One of Holt’s first viral videos mocked the party gate scandal, in which Cabinet members and then-prime minister Boris Johnson were accused of breaching lockdown restrictions due to the pandemic. to attend parties in Downing Street and Whitehall.
Mr Johnson was eventually fined by the Metropolitan Police for appearing at a birthday party held in his honor during the first lockdown in 2020, but he repeatedly dodged questions about the matter until until senior civil servant Sue Gray released a full report in May of this year – finally detailing events in which officials drank sickly, sang karaoke, participated in scuffles and abuse of security and cleaning staff.
Holt’s parody video has earned over six million views and over 100,000 likes.
“Well, as you know, all of that depends on the investigation with Sue Gray, so until that report is complete, your prediction is as accurate as mine… I don’t know. whether I’m going to the party or not,” congressman Rosie Holt told the broadcaster.
The comedian said shortly after posting the video in January that she had been “angryly tweeted by MPs that I should resign”, and referred to a comment by Mr Bolton, who wrote: ” Oh my God. I have often complained about the quality of our MPs but this interview even surprised me.”
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Holt added: “It was crazy.
“I think we have too little confidence in our politicians right now – I think it (at) a really low level ever.
“And especially, suddenly coming from Boris Johnson himself is the idea that we have been deceived and that we have been made fools.
I’m looking back (and) I can’t believe what we’ve been through, this countryRosie Holt
“So I think there’s a real distrust of politicians and what they say and the idea that they’ll say anything if that’s the party line.”
Other popular Holt videos include a campaign video announcing Rosie Holt MP’s running for prime minister when the Johnson administration fell in July, and another TV interview where she said people struggling with the cost of living crisis should try to get a better paying job such as “banker”.
“It’s too early to say how things will turn out for Rishi Sunak,” she said.
“I think when Boris Johnson became prime minister, it was suggested that he removed any competent Conservatives.
“There was quite a bit of material from there, and then Liz Truss was like some kind of frenzy…though a part of me hoped she would get elected because I thought, ‘Wow, this will give me a lot. more documentation’.
“But then she blew our economy up in just a few weeks, which was crazy… I’m looking back (and) I can’t believe what we’ve been through, this country. .
“I think the things that MPs are asked to defend are quite extraordinary.
“All of them are ripe for parody… (Rosie Holt MP) very much an MP of the moment.”
Holt said she often watches breakfast TV interviews with politicians and watches the party line on prominent news topics.
“What I find interesting is that ordinary MPs or any minister are invited to a TV show and you can say (that) half an hour before they leave, ‘Okay, you need have to defend this now’,” she said.
“And they go out and they’re obviously improvising on the spot what they’re trying to say – I find that really funny.
“I know some people look at people like Nadine Dorries and they say, ‘Oh, is that your inspiration?’ And she is not. I think she’s amazing, she’s a real character, but you can’t imitate that.”
Although her work has received some abusive responses on Twitter, Holt said she feels “grateful” for the audiences she has drawn.
“There are people online who suddenly hold you accountable for everything the way you think: This is ridiculous. I’m just a human. I’m not a celebrity,” she said.
“But it’s also great. It’s been amazing to be able to do something that I’ve created that I can work on and go on stage and I suddenly have an audience. It is really lovely.”
Holt’s tour, The Woman’s Hour, begins in March.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/politicians-of-2022-have-been-ripe-for-parody-says-viral-comedian-rosie-holt-42245714.html Popular comedian Rosie Holt says the politicians of 2022 are ‘ripe to imitate’