Ask Danny (On Second Thoughts, Don’t)May 6, 2010
Danny Dyer is an actor, presenter and all round geezer. He’s also an ‘agony aunt’ at lad’s mag Zoo magazine. Zoo magazine, for your information, is a British weekly aimed at young men, containing birds, sport and pub type jokes. As well as the usual celebrity stuff and film reviews, there are regular features like ‘The Week In Boobs’ and ‘Real Girls of the Year’. GQ it is not.
Danny Dyer has a column called ‘Ask Danny’ where readers write in with their problems and Danny, being a geezer, sorts it aaaht. His most recent advice to the lovelorn and confused has got many people hot under the collar. A reader has been dumped and is heartbroken. What should he do? Well here’s what you do, my son, Danny Dyer style:
“I’d suggest going out on a rampage with the boys, getting on the booze and smashing anything that moves. Then, when some bird falls for you, you can turn the tables and break her heart. Of course, the other option is to cut your ex’s face, and then no one will want her”
Zoo back peddled, like a politician caught with their hand in the public purse and apologised, putting it down to a ‘production error.’
A production error? Really? I’ve worked on publications. Not extensively, granted, but I do know that with the odd typo excepted, it’s difficult to make that kind of ‘error’. The author would’ve written it. The proofreader would’ve checked it for spelling and grammar. The designer would’ve been looking at it as he/she moves the copy around the page to put it in context and make the right fit and the editor would’ve approved it. I have to assume, therefore, that at the offices of Zoo, Stevie Wonder is the proofreader, Ray Charles is the designer and Andrea Bocelli is the editor.