James Blunt is pound foolish, also remains an asshole

Annoying repetitive singer James Blunt, who didn’t even write his bland popular songs, is quoted recently as saying that he uses his status as a pop star to get as much ‘tang as possible, and considers it his obligation. He also said he’s used the “You’re Beautiful” song that tormented us all for months several times to get laid, telling various women from his past that it was about them. He says he doesn’t really care that it wasn’t true that the song wasn’t about them and doesn’t feel bad for it:

In a recent interview, James Blunt had this to say about sleeping with as many women as possible now that he’s a “pop star.”

“I’ve always thought it was my responsibility to do that. I have been told by people that I should not be seen clubbing with good-looking women, but I can’t see why not. Why be a pop star otherwise?

“I have fun with it and I am honest and open about the way I lead my life and don’t mislead anyone. I’ve had the time of my life and thank God for that, it would be such a waste otherwise.”

In the same interview Blunt said that he has told at least five or ten women that he has known previously and wanted to sleep with that he had written the song with them in mind. He went on to say that the line worked more often than not and that he has no guilt about lying to any of them about it.

[From Crazy Days and Nights]

And if that wasn’t enough to makes you hate the guy, he recently decided to cut back on meal costs for his crew on tour, saying he didn’t owe them decent food and that they must make do with fast food:

Just before James Blunt set out to promote his debut album, he cast an eye over the accounts for the upcoming tour.

An item on the expenses caught his haughty eye and he demanded to know what this outrageously small sum of money had been put aside for. His manager explained that, as normal, this was to pay for meals for the crew and the band, the very people who were given the impossible task of making the singer’s performances almost bearable night after night.

Blunt was not happy, even though every other artist in the world muddles along quite merrily with this arrangement.

“If I hire a plumber,” Blunt argued, sounding all the while like Boris Johnson on helium, “I don’t expect to have to provide him with a three-course meal for simply doing his job.” And so, the most punchable man since time began ensured himself a tour diet of spunk burgers, piss pops and the rest.

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If you are a boss and screw your workers in cheap petty ways like this, they will screw you over ten times worse and cost you much more money in the long run. This is typical of stupid, bad managers and there are so many examples of situations where it goes wrong.

For instance, a friend of mine had a manager tell him he didn’t want to pay for $10 a day high speed Internet access in his hotel room while he was away on business, even though his job required downloading large movie and sound files. So instead of expensing cheap meals to the company, he went out to the best places he could find for lunch and dinner and ended up costing them at least $70 more a day.

By being cheap with his workers, Blunt’s crew were probably slower and deliberately slacked on the job, resulting in a much higher cost of lost productivity. But James Blunt just decided they didn’t need decent food, so he doesn’t need efficient help, either.

Blunt is shown yesterday at the VH1 Save the Music gala. Thanks to PRPhotos.

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