P Diddy Downton

May 17, 2013 by  

P Diddy Downton, On Wednesday afternoon, P. Diddy shocked the Twitterverse by suddenly announcing that not only was Downton Abbey his favorite television show, but he had been cast as a recurring character on the upcoming season. Almost immediately, PBS denied the claim, but P. Diddy was not deterred. He spent the following 12 hours fueling the speculation by reiterating his sudden adoration for the series and retweeting his fans’ congratulatory messages.

Although we admit that at first, we believed P. Diddy-nay, wanted to believe him!-the rapid-fire momentum of P. Diddy’s Downton-tweet campaign and his decision to change his Twitter wallpaper to the Downton logo made us doubtful. Best-case scenario: His Twitter account had been hacked in a brilliant and inventive manner. Worst-case scenario: He was plugging what would turn out to be a Downton-themed Cîroc ad. Sadly, the latter turned out to be more of the case.

At midnight on Thursday, the rapper/entrepreneur/host to ungracious home intruders unveiled a Funny or Die spoof featuring himself as Lord Wolcott, a faux Downton Abbey regular who cannot correctly pronounce “Downton Abbey.” (“I love Downtown Abbey!” he shouts.) While it is cleverly edited, and we can appreciate a well-executed Funny or Die spoof, we are actually fans of P. Diddy’s dramatic acting and wish that he had gone a little farther with the parody. And, perhaps, had not veered into homophobic and misogynistic territories, by having P. Wolcott demean Thomas’s advances and command the Dowager Countess (the Dowager Countess!) to open-mouth kiss another woman after shamelessly unveiling a bottle of Cîroc vodka on a silver platter. As we learned from Michael Shannon’s recent Funny or Die video, fully committing yourself with Oscar-worthy delivery to even the most deranged conceits can pay off. And on a lesser note, if you are going to profess your love for Downton Abbey for 12 straight hours on Twitter, at least be able to correctly pronounce the series you are lampooning for your own self-promotional purposes. (Unless, of course, that was supposed to be the joke.)

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