GQ Magazine has defended its decision to name Tony Blair its “Philanthropist of the Year” after the award was widely met with disbelief and horror.
Awards producer Richard Dodson stood by the publication’s much criticised move, telling BBC Radio 5 Live it was “fantastic having Tony,” as the magazine likes to have celebrities at the event who “cause a bit of a stir.”
The magazine certainly achieved that aim, with thousands of incredulous social media users frothing at the mouth over the “jaw-dropping” decision.
The former prime minister, who earns millions from his consultancy roles and property empire, was handed the accolade at the glamorous ceremony on Monday to a reportedly “muted” response.
GQ clarified its decision on Wednesday, sharing a column in defence of the prime minister on Facebook which argued “whatever your views on Iraq, in many ways we would be lucky to have Blair back in British politics today.”