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19 People Who Just Can't Handle The Fact Tony Blair Won An Award For Philanthropy

The former prime minister won the award at the GQ Man of the Year Awards last night.

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Last night, men's lifestyle magazine GQ held its annual awards ceremony, at which former prime minister Tony Blair was named Philanthropist of the Year. He posed for it like an extra in a James Bond film, naturally.

Philanthropist Of The Year goes to Tony Blair: http://t.co/7Pq06sqFkb #GQAwards

British GQ@BritishGQ

Philanthropist Of The Year goes to Tony Blair: http://t.co/7Pq06sqFkb #GQAwards

10:06 PM - 02 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

1. And some people were pretty confused.

had this really weird dream last night that tony blair won 'philanthropist of the year'

Ryan@ryanfarrr

had this really weird dream last night that tony blair won 'philanthropist of the year'

9:22 AM - 03 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

2. OK, a lot of people were confused.

Tony Blair has won GQ's Philanthropist of the Year. Stop the world, I want to get off.

Dean Maurice@deanmbyg

Tony Blair has won GQ's Philanthropist of the Year.

Stop the world, I want to get off.

10:07 PM - 02 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

3. Like, a lot.

Apparently tony Blair has just won #GQAwards philanthropist of the year. I have no words. Beyond parody.

Sophie H@sophable

Apparently tony Blair has just won #GQAwards philanthropist of the year. I have no words. Beyond parody.

9:40 PM - 02 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

4. Even those in the room when Blair was named the winner were in shock.

Tony Blair just won philanthropist of the year at the #GQAwards No boos but a muted response it's fair to say!

Dan Wootton@danwootton

Tony Blair just won philanthropist of the year at the #GQAwards No boos but a muted response it's fair to say!

9:39 PM - 02 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

5. Others thought it was pretty funny and couldn't quite figure out if a massive practical joke was being played.

Tony Blair... philanthropist of the year... lmaoooooooooooooo

not foxyâ„¢@rathvogart

Tony Blair... philanthropist of the year... lmaoooooooooooooo

9:35 AM - 03 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

6. That included the likes of former England football legend Gary Lineker.

Apparently, Tony Blair has won GQ's philanthropist of the year award. Finally these awards have grasped irony!

Gary Lineker@GaryLineker

Apparently, Tony Blair has won GQ's philanthropist of the year award. Finally these awards have grasped irony!

10:20 PM - 02 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

7. But a lot of people were just very angry.

HOW THE FUCK DID TONY BLAIR GET GQ'S PHILANTHROPIST OF THE YEAR?! I am done. So done.

Victoria Collard@ToriaCollard

HOW THE FUCK DID TONY BLAIR GET GQ'S PHILANTHROPIST OF THE YEAR?! I am done. So done.

9:37 AM - 03 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

8. Some threatened to cancel their subscription to the magazine.

@BritishGQ Blair- Philanthropist of the Year? In what Universe..? You've made a mockery of your magazine. My subscription won't be renewed.

Tom Higgins@sniggiht

@BritishGQ Blair- Philanthropist of the Year? In what Universe..? You've made a mockery of your magazine. My subscription won't be renewed.

9:37 AM - 03 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

9. And a whole bunch of bunch made the same joke about whether it's April Fools' Day.

But it's not April 1st? This can't be real...Blair? PHILANTHROPIST??? That's a big misspelling of warmongering cunt http://t.co/3FM5VZOcrl

Barry Convex@BarryConvex

But it's not April 1st? This can't be real...Blair? PHILANTHROPIST???
That's a big misspelling of warmongering cunt
http://t.co/3FM5VZOcrl

9:36 AM - 03 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

10. Lol good one.

GQ awards Tony Blair Philanthropist of the Year. Had to check the calendar to make sure it wasn't April 1st

David Robotham@DavidRobotham

GQ awards Tony Blair Philanthropist of the Year. Had to check the calendar to make sure it wasn't April 1st

8:55 AM - 03 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

11. Hahahahahaha.

I checked, it's not April 1st. #TonyBlair is still at large, still Middle East Peace Envoy & NOW Philanthropist of the Year. This is pants.

Shaun Turner@LOFer

I checked, it's not April 1st. #TonyBlair is still at large, still Middle East Peace Envoy & NOW Philanthropist of the Year. This is pants.

6:36 AM - 03 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

12. You are hilarious, sir.

Tony Bliar voted GQ Philanthropist of the Year! Is it April 1st already?

John Powell@flyingace1066

Tony Bliar voted GQ Philanthropist of the Year! Is it April 1st already?

9:16 AM - 03 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

13. This is maybe the funniest joke I've ever heard.

Guys its not April the 1st... RT @BritishGQ Philanthropist Of The Year goes to Tony Blair: http://t.co/PePzZPDn7c #GQAwards

Callum Fairhurst@blackpigsweets

Guys its not April the 1st... RT @BritishGQ Philanthropist Of The Year goes to Tony Blair: http://t.co/PePzZPDn7c #GQAwards

11:34 PM - 02 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

14. OK, I'm done. Stop.

Tony Blair wins Philanthropist of the Year award for his “tireless charitable work” http://t.co/9X1V6u2MW5 (Reuters)

Bob Hudson@Bob__Hudson

Tony Blair wins Philanthropist of the Year award for his “tireless charitable work” http://t.co/9X1V6u2MW5 (Reuters)

7:11 AM - 03 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

15. Some questioned whether the magazine understood the definition of philanthropy.

Definition of 'philanthrophy' reversed as '#tonyblair named 'Philanthropist of the Year' at #GQAwards: http://t.co/c6DvckX8iS

Rhiannon Redpath@red_cycle

Definition of 'philanthrophy' reversed as '#tonyblair named 'Philanthropist of the Year' at #GQAwards: http://t.co/c6DvckX8iS

9:43 AM - 03 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

16. Or whether it was just an ingenius ploy by the magazine to troll the world.

Tony Blair won Philanthropist of The Year in the GQ awards, in a shameless move no doubt engendered to generate tweets like this

Daniel Dawkins@DanDawkins

Tony Blair won Philanthropist of The Year in the GQ awards, in a shameless move no doubt engendered to generate tweets like this

9:42 AM - 03 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

17. And, oh yes, there were a lot of sassy replies.

So pleased for Tony Blair winning Philanthropist of the Year last night at the GQ awards *side glance to camera*

Verso Books@VersoBooks

So pleased for Tony Blair winning Philanthropist of the Year last night at the GQ awards *side glance to camera*

9:40 AM - 03 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

18. Some pointed out that the event took place as the world looked on in horror at events unfolding in the Middle East.

As the Middle East Peace Envoy accepts his award of Philanthropist of the Year, ISIS behead an American Journalist in Syria... good job Tony

Rebecca Sword@rebeccasword

As the Middle East Peace Envoy accepts his award of Philanthropist of the Year, ISIS behead an American Journalist in Syria... good job Tony

7:26 AM - 03 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

19. And one person gave a moment of silence for Gordon Brown, who replaced Blair in Downing Street and is well known for his charitable work.

Cruelly overlooked for GQ philanthropist of the year, ever in Blair's shadow: @OfficeGSBrown

Alex Wickham@WikiGuido

Cruelly overlooked for GQ philanthropist of the year, ever in Blair's shadow: @OfficeGSBrown

10:18 PM - 02 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Siraj Datoo is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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