Look What the Web Dragged In: Tony Blair Fudges Fact and Fiction, Microsoft Doesn’t Bing Places Named Gay

We’re all over the world with today’s list of indicators of societal decay. We ask questions across the ocean: does Tony Blair know fiction from reality? We call through the mists of Redmond, WA: has anyone at Microsoft headquarters bothered to Bing a map of West Virginia? And right here at home: should we thank or blame the Village Voice for propagating the Juggalo virus to a wider audience? Fellow seekers, let’s explore.

1. Tony Blair, APPM (Allegedly Plagiarizing PM)

Screenwriter Peter Morgan says at least one exchange in Tony Blair’s new memoir didn’t come from Blair’s experience–it came from Morgan’s screenplay for The Queen. The Telegraph explains:

In A Journey, Blair claims that the Queen said to him: “You are my 10th prime minister. The first was Winston. That was before you were born.” In Morgan’s script to the 2006 film The Queen, Mirren, in the title role, tells Michael Sheen’s Blair: “You are my 10th prime minister, Mr Blair. My first was Winston Churchill.”

Morgan tells the paper he thinks one of three things occurred: he guessed the exchange perfectly; Blair was giving a kind of endorsement to his screenplay; or the ex-PM “had one gin and tonic too many and confused the scene in the film with what had actually happened.”

Peter Morgan in 2007 talking about Tony Blair, Queen Elizabeth, George Bush and Bill Clinton.

2. Microsoft Doesn’t Want You To Call Anything Gay, Ever

From PC World we learn the sad story of Xbox user Josh Moore, who fell afoul of political correctness most paranoid when he innocently signed into Microsoft’s Xbox LIVE network using the name of his city of residence, Fort Gay, WV. Apparently Microsoft has had enough of these kids and their juvenile jokes:

Moore attempted to resolve the situation by contacting customer service, but was warned off using the name–even after asking the rep to Google Fort Gay’s zip code. The town’s major David Thompson got involved, but was reportedly told by Microsoft that the veracity of the city’s name didn’t matter, and that the word “gay” was inappropriate regardless.

Really, Microsoft? You didn’t bother Binging this?

Eventually they did work things out and Mr. Moore was able to use the service–but LIVE’s policy and enforcement director Stephen Toulouse will get in touch with Moore to say he’s sorry for the trouble.

3. Village Voice Gifts Us With Juggalos And We’re Not Sure How We Feel About That

The Voice‘s Camille Dodero immersed herself in the Gathering of the Juggalos, a yearly get-together for fans of the horrocore rap duo, Insane Clown Posse. ICP member Violent J says he thinks the Gathering is, for fans, “What I imagine it’s like for the Muslims to visit the Holy Land of Mecca.” It’s a good story. Camille Dodero survived. But this also means Juggalos aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, except to buy more Faygo.

Look What the Web Dragged In: Tony Blair Fudges Fact and Fiction, Microsoft Doesn’t Bing Places Named Gay