Danny Dyer Delivered Channel 4's 'Alternative Christmas Message' And We Should All Listen Up
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It is a Christmas tradition that goes back decades. Every year, without fail, people gather around the telly, full to the brim with turkey, roast potatoes, and Christmas pudding, to hear The Queen deliver her annual Christmas message to the British people.
Well, you might not have noticed, but across the channel divide on Channel 4 this year, another national treasure was offering his take on a Christmas speech to unite the nation.
Yes, Danny Dyer was at the helm for this year's Alternative Christmas Message. In it, the unofficial King of Great Britain (well, East London certainly) took to the airwaves at 3.50pm to set the world to rights. No, he didn't call anyone a twat this year.
He did, however, offer his thoughts on US President Donald Trump - "an absolute melt" - British politics - "that shambles down in Westminster, what a palaver that is. There's been more backstabbing than we have in [EastEnders location] Albert Square" - and some more serious stuff, too.
Instead of looking to figures in the world of telly or celebrity, Dyer urged the good folk of the UK to look up to someone closer to home. He wants us to find role models in our own lives.
Dyer said: "That's what I think we need more of, heroes, role models. If we need anything for 2019, it's for each of us to find who we look up to.
"Could be your mum, could be your dad, your stepdad, your nan, teacher, social worker. Maybe even a handsome roguish actor off your favourite soap."
Oh, Danny. You're already a role model to millions.
Dyer himself found a role model in playwright Harold Pinter, who cast a young Danny in several theatre productions before he got his big break into film and telly.
Dyer also spoke about how he hopes he has passed some wisdom down to his own kids, including Love Island champion Dani Dyer.
He continued: "I teach my girls they can be who they want to be, and I try and teach my boy to be a good man. Now don't get me wrong, I ain't no saint, you know, I can do better. I think we can all do better. And as dads, we can't stop trying to do better until there's no need for hashtags to remind us that no means no.
"Life can get a little stressful and we might get on each other's nerves a bit, but remember how much there is to be proud of, to be grateful of, and get yourself a Harold [Pinter], you know, if you can...Merry Christmas, my loves."
Thanks Danny, that's a tune we can all dance to.
Truly, (Sir?) Danny Dyer, is the voice of reason that this country needs in these turbulent and uncertain times.