We always thought it was impossible for anyone else but Katy Perry to pull off those eccentric outfits, but Konnie Huq has proved us wrong. Why Konnie, a respected, highbrow foreign correspondent (we may be confusing her with Xtra Factor host Christiane Amanpour), would want to wear a blue wig and latex skirt, is, frankly, beyond us. But then who ever thought that Katie Price would be announced as new co-presenter of The Culture Show? We live in strange times.
Yes, Konnie Huq has imitated the cover of Katy Perry’s California Gurls album for Heat magazine, making her a bit of extra cash on the side while paying homage to the criminally underexposed singer. Look, Konnie. If you’re going to get your kit off, do it of your own volition. Don’t feel as though you’ve got to copy old K-Pez. Find your own style, and stick with it.
What would publicity-shy husband Charlie Brooker make of all this? In the old days, he’d have probably spewed such vitriol about the likes of Konnie that she’d have needed counselling. This would have been just the kind of thing our inimitable misanthrope hated – the idolisation of celebrity combined with slavish media-whoredom. Now, though, he’s in the circle himself. He’s lost the required distance for his views to seem authentic. So we don't care what he thinks.
Cheap imitation or superior to the original?
Charlie is one of the sad casualties in this conflict. But he did get to marry Konnie, so it wasn’t all bad. It’s an odd union, but then again so are Katy Perry and Russell Brand. This shoot could be Konnie’s way of saying “Katy, I empathise with you”. Or it could be money, money, money. Either way, we’re not here to judge. Just look at Gillian McKeith's stunning tribute to Pamela Anderson.
"Some people stand in the darkness, afraid to step intooooo the light"
Sorry. We just couldn't help ourselves.