Jack Whitehall dubs Donald Trump a ‘squatter’ as he hosts GQ Awards

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By Alex Green, PA Entertainment Reporter

Jack Whitehall took aim at the UK’s politicians and dubbed Donald Trump a “squatter” as he introduced the GQ Men Of The Year Awards.

The comedian, 32, hosted this year’s edition of the annual ceremony, which was broadcast from the Coliseum Theatre in London without an audience.

Welcoming viewers to the event, he aimed a jibe at the James Bond film No Time To Die, which has been repeatedly delayed due to the pandemic.

Whitehall also noted that the politician of the year gong, won in recent years by Rory Stewart and David Lammy, was absent in 2020.

He said: “We are here at the stunning Coliseum Theatre. Ah theatres, do you remember them? No, me neither.

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“We were actually really lucky with this place as it was booked for the Bond premiere, so we got it at a bargain.

“2020 has of course been a year like no other. A global pandemic, the Black Lives Matter movement, the UK Government deciding it was time to stop feeding children, not to mention a squatter in the White House and finally the hope of a long-awaited vaccine.

“Look at it this way, how long ago does Tiger King feel?”

Donald Trump (Alex Brandon/PA)

Hailing the awards for still going ahead despite the “shitastrophe that was 2020″, he added: “Spoiler alert – there is no politician of the year.”

Whitehall also poked fun at a viral video recorded by stars including Gal Gadot and Natalie Portman during the first months of the pandemic, of them singing John Lennon’s Imagine.

The clip, which was widely lampooned, also featured Jamie Dornan, Sia, Pedro Pascal, Zoe Kravitz, Will Ferrell and Norah Jones.

Threatening to play the song to viewers of the GQ Awards, Whitehall said: “So don’t you want to hear the millionaires singing the beautiful ballad?”

Instead he introduced a performance by the Mercury Prize-nominated band Sports Team.

Later, Lewis Hamilton recalled the racial abuse he suffered as a young driver as he was honoured with the game changer prize at the GQ Men Of The Year Awards.

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The racing driver, who won a record-equalling seventh Formula One world championship earlier this month, appeared during the online ceremony in a pre-recorded segment.

The Stevenage-born star, 35, described his early years in karting and spoke of how he had been affected by the death of George Floyd in the US.

(Misan Harriman/GQ/PA)

He said: “At the end of the day, every single one of us, we bleed the same colour blood.

“It started when I was five, my first experience of racism, and it continued through school, walking through parks and being jumped, having things thrown at you, and then later through karting, constantly racial slurs.

“Once I even turned professional, I received racial abuse and no-one said anything. My dad would always just say, ‘Do your talking on the track’.

“For me, it was watching George being held down for those eight minutes and 30 seconds.

“It brought up a lot of emotions that I hadn’t even realised I had suppressed. Enough is enough. Now is not the time to be silent.”

Hamilton, who has shown his support for the Black Lives Matter movement throughout the 2020 F1 season, also looked back at his first race of the calendar where he took the knee.

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“I remember feeling heat because I knew it was going to spark some sort of reaction,” he said.

“People still to this day don’t fully understand what that gesture means. This is not a political statement. This is a human rights issue.

“It’s not just about doing the symbolism thing, like taking the knee or changing the car to black,” he added, referring to his F1 team Mercedes’ decision to use a black racing livery this year.

“It’s then what can we do to really make change.”

Star Wars actor John Boyega, actress Michaela Coel and England footballer Marcus Rashford were also among the stars honoured at the awards.

 

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