'Fat-Bottomed Girls' ringtone interrupts BBC politics show

Has BBC Political Editor's credibility cratered by exposing his iPad ringtone on live TV? Or might it have been enhanced?

He's worried about questionable lyrics. We're worried about his questionable taste. Liarpoliticians/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

What does your ringtone say about you?

If your phone or tablet alerts you with "Get Your Tongue Out of My Mouth, I'm Kissing you Goodbye," would anyone who heard it think you have green beans for brains?

If it emits "I Wish You Were a Beer" from touchingly tight girl metal band Cycle Sluts From Hell, might someone think you were an alcoholic -- or had a questionable relationship history?

And where do you stand on "Fat Bottomed Girls"?

This Queen classic -- of a sort -- suddenly emerged during a live broadcast of the BBC's "Daily Politics" show.

As the Guardian reports, it wafted from an iPad placed on a perfectly positioned coffee table.

Had the "Daily Politics" show invited Bono to chat about his similarities to deity? Did this iPad belong to a pornography activist or, even more predictably, a British politician?

Sadly, this was the iPad belonging to the BBC's own political editor, Nick Robinson.

Robinson reacted with some embarrassment. He seemed most concerned not about his own questionable musical taste, but about the allegedly questionable lyrics which were about to be foisted on the intelligentsia seated around the coffee table.

As it happens, the discussion was centered around the delight of Britain's banks, so perhaps Robinson was sending a subliminal message about, say, an internal scandal or a questionable mode of business behavior.

Moreover, more public figures are coming forward to confess to their ringtone predilections. I understand Supreme Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor admitted to NPR (around 23 minutes in) that hers is the theme from "Sex in the City," although she didn't know it when she selected it. I am sure many will attempt to draw a verdict from that.

As for Robinson, in lurching to his Wikipedia profile, I notice that he's alleged to have conservative views, Gucci glasses, and a wife who is a "relationship counselor."

 

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