The Photograph that Would Launch a Career

In I spied... on December 16, 2010 at 7:31 am

Charlie Gilmour: The Controversial Photograph that Would Launch a Career... (And Get Him Arrested)

What’s the easiest way to become a Celebrity It-Boy?

You didn’t really think Charlie Gilmour, notorious student protester and son of Pink Floyd guitarist, David Gilmour, was swinging off of this cenotaph honoring fallen war heroes because he was actually concerned about the rising price of British university fees, did you?

Since being exposed in this widely publicized photograph as the off-spring of rock royalty, the British press has launched a sensational campaign, closely documenting Charlie’s very naughty activities during a week of intense student protesting. Major newspapers printed his picture on their front pages, condemning the 21 year-old Cambridge student who’s university tuition fees are paid for by his musician father, reportedly worth £78 million.

Being crowned public enemy number one? Perhaps the perfect formula for becoming London’s next celebrity “it” boy and the kind of exposure that publicists could only drool over…

Step One: Do Something Highly Controversial

Protest street-chic...?

(and look fashionable doing it…)


 which was quickly quashed by nearby police
Charlie’s attempt at lighting a fire outside the Supreme Court: He was photographed continuously and spotted in all the media hot spots… An amusing and brilliant execution of a flawed and unfocused rebellion?

Step Two: Get a Modelling Career

MessyNessy did a bit of digging on the nation’s notorious ‘rebel without a cause’ and found Charlie is in fact signed to Select models and has a convenient selection of smouldering photographs, just waiting to be leaked by the press, or better yet, showcased in next month’s high society magazines.

Charlie modeling the same coat that he was photographed in swinging on the British flag


A friend wrote on Gilmour’s Facebook page: “That is you climbing the flag, yes?” Gilmour replied: “No. Not me. Someone else. Whoever it was obviously on acid and didn’t know what the f*** he was doing and how much of a massive f***ing backlash there would be…” The pal wrote, “My mistake” – to which Gilmour replied: “My big f***ing mistake.”


Step Three: Issue a Public Apology

Queue the PR Damage Control : Gilmour’s Public Apology

“I would like to express my deepest apologies for the terrible insult to the thousands of people who died bravely for our country that my actions represented. I feel nothing but shame. My intention was not to attack or defile the Cenotaph. Running along with a crowd of people who had just been violently repelled by the police, I got caught up in the spirit of the moment. I feel additionally mortified that my moment of idiocy has distracted so much from the message yesterday’s protest was trying to send out. I did not realise that it was the Cenotaph and, if I had, I certainly would not have done what I did. Those who are commemorated by the Cenotaph died to protect the very freedoms that allow the people of Britain the right to protest and I feel deeply ashamed to have, although unintentionally and unknowingly, insulted the memory of them. Ignorance is the poorest of excuses, but I am sincerely sorry”.

Step Four: Have a Great Background Story

Charlie's Father's band, Pink Floyd famously sung the lyrics, "We Don't Need No Educatiion" in their 1979 hit, Another Brick in the Wall

The age of innocence: Charlie (far right) pictured with his family at the CBE ceremony honoring his father.

Step Five (still to do):
Get a Famous Girlfriend

Think Pete Doherty and Calum Best

Here’s to a fruitful new career of contributing absolutely nothing to society!

We should expect great things from young Charlie who has made his mark without the assistance of his parents, a sex tape or reality television. You may not appreciate the pictures of him swinging off a monument honouring the country’s fallen, (which was especially stupid since his own grandfather was a First World War hero) yet it has to be said, there was certainly some PR genius and a hint of brilliance in it all. Here I am blogging about him and now here you are reading about him…



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