Sunday 20 January 2019

Chrissy Teigen claims she ‘cannot grasp’ UK politics and British people relate

Celebrities and political reporters confessed they don’t quite know what’s going on either.

(Ian West/PA Images)
(Ian West/PA Images)

By Emily Chudy, Press Association

As the UK remained gripped by Brexit chaos, American model and author Chrissy Teigen conveyed the thoughts of many Brits as she admitted that, try as she might, she doesn’t understand it all.

Shortly after a no-confidence vote was announced on Theresa May’s leadership of the Conservative Party, Teigen took to Twitter to say: “One of my goals for 2019 is to understand UK politics. I read and read and try and learn but my brain cannot grasp it.”

Brits on social media clearly understood where she was coming from, with celebrities and political reporters confessing they were in the same boat.

Singer Myleene Klass replied to the original tweet, saying: “No-one gets it here either.”

Comedian Sue Perkins had a similar response, telling Teigen: “Don’t worry, we can’t grasp it either…”

Perhaps worryingly, political reporters also seemed to agree with Teigen, arguing that politicians themselves may not even fully understand Brexit.

Alan White, news editor at Buzzfeed UK, said: “Congratulations, you’re eligible for a select committee role just for trying.”

Vijay Mistry, drummer of Kaiser Chiefs, took a slightly more cynical view, saying: “It’s easy. No one understands it because even the people who are paid to understand it don’t understand it.”

Writer Lexi Rose responded with reference to an incident on Monday when MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle grabbed the parliamentary mace in protest at Brexit,

“Have a read about how you can grab the mace (a big gold stick) mid-debate and really upset everyone by doing so. It’s so British, it hurts,” she wrote.

“Oh wow you weren’t lying it really is quite big,” Teigen said.

And when another Twitter user responded jokingly that Brits cast their votes by “going to the nearest woods, finding the tallest oak tree and burying our ballots in holes beneath them”, Teigen replied appreciatively, saying: “This is all very good to know.”

Theresa May is awaiting the verdict of Conservative MPs after the threshold of 48 letters of no confidence was passed, triggering a ballot on the leadership.

Mrs May needs the votes of 158 MPs to remain as Conservative leader, the position she has vowed to fight for “with everything I’ve got”.

The UK is scheduled to leave the European Union at 11pm on March 29.

In spite of all the help from Twitter, Teigen appeared none the wiser, tweeting: “This is harder to understand than super smash bros!!! LOL LOL THATS CALLED A CALLBACK IN SHOWBIZ GUYS lol lol lol.”

Press Association

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