As NME points out, Gillespie appeared on the show in order to voice his strong opinions against Brexit. “Politically, we’re going backwards,” he told host Andrew Neil, “we’re going back to the 30s.” Whatever serious, intellectual thoughts were exchanged on the program were immediately canceled out, however, when Neil proceeded to challenge his guest panelists to a ridiculous Skibidi dance off.
Michael Portillo, a British journalist and former politician, and British Labour Party politician Caroline Flint both joined Neil, but Gillespie refused to get up off his seat and noticeably was very unamused by the whole spectacle. His facial expression was the equivalent of a dead tree stump. And it was a beautiful sight to behold. See below for glorious visual proof.
— The Agitator (@UKDemockery) October 19, 2018
For those unfamiliar (like myself), here’s how The Daily Dot describes the Skibidi challenge:
The dance originated from the music video “Skibidi” by Little Big, a Russian rave band that thinks of itself as satirical. The video features every possible body: police officers, a man they’ve just put in handcuffs, babies, strippers, and a puppet wearing an Adidas jacket doing a jig that includes crossing and recrossing your arms while lifting up your legs in time with the beat. Then, you go into what’s basically the Macarena (with a touch of Saturday Night Live’s Roxbury dance from the 1990s) before the movements get more complicated and intricate.
Cringe. Yeah, clearly Gillespie had the right idea by sitting this one out.
— Matt Carle (@mcarle17) October 18, 2018
I can’t breathe @ScreamOfficial Bobby Gillespie‘s face having been denied any real political debate on #bbctw to then be greeted by Michael Portillo & co dancing for no bloody reason is at once hilarious and the most depressing expression of British political debate…. pic.twitter.com/IKMNbYdW1v
— Mary Swan (@TheMarySwan) October 18, 2018
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