It’s always nice to see politicians make an idiot of themselves. Whether it former President George W. Bush or current London Mayor Boris Johnson, if we have to put up with characters then at least we can laugh at them.
Of course that is because in democracies we pretty much get to see everything, warts and all about our leaders. Some countries aren’t so lucky and when tyrannical leaders do something bad or stupid, their people rarely get to see the true story before it is airbrushed out of history. When it comes to tyrants, there are few who are as long-lasting or more despicable than Zimbabwe leader Robert Mugabe who started off in the 1970’s as a freedom fighter and then democratic president before deciding to make himself a life-time ruler, holding sham elections, ruining his country and torturing and killing countless of his opponents.
Mugabe is now 91 years old and though he dyes his hair jet black, sometimes old-age pokes through like recently when he stumbled down some steps. Not wanting to look weak, old or undignified, Mugabe set about trying to keep the resulting photos hidden but sadly for him they got out. Whilst he can claim to his people he never fell over, the rest of us can happily prod fun at this thoroughly nasty man which is really the one thing tyrants like least of all.
Within hours, the internet was seeing the creation of #MugabeFalls. No, not his latest PR fad to change the name of Victoria Falls but rather the talented international community who used the photos of him falling over to good comedic effect.
I’m sure you’ll agree that the Zimbabwe President is really missing a trick here by banning the photos of him falling down when really with a little effort he could show everyone that he has talents in abundance and is not just a murderous, corrupt and very old dictator.