Letter: Mr Broccoli Head’s wasted opportunity

This letter sent to the Star was written by CM Langan, Sheffield, S8

Friday, 15th November 2019, 10:38 am
Updated Tuesday, 19th November 2019, 9:03 am
Climate protestors, Extinction Rebellion block Derek Dooley Way in Sheffield at Bridgehouse Roundabout to disrupt the morning rush hour traffic flow into the city
Climate protestors, Extinction Rebellion block Derek Dooley Way in Sheffield at Bridgehouse Roundabout to disrupt the morning rush hour traffic flow into the city

Extinction Rebellion has had all manner of protesters sporting fancy dress and carrying out impressive street theatre in order to convey their message about climate change, (a cause to which I concur), but the latest example really led the field!

A man channelling a huge broccoli floret was dramatically dragged away by a policeman during recent protests but was obviously not emitting sulphurous odours in the police cells for too long as he soon reemerged, in the venue of the ITV studios, a few days later, to be interviewed on 'Good Morning Britain' by Piers Morgan, (who should I give the bravery award to? Piers Morgan or Mr Broccoli Head, as the man referred to himself as), or the long-suffering Susanna Reid, representing the voice of reason?

He was given the opportunity to express his views about climate change, but, alas, he abused and wasted it, just imparting facetious replies to the presenters' questions, maintaining that he was 'just a humble broccoli at the end of the day!

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To demonstrate her suspicions over just how serious their floreted friend, (or maybe not), was about the cause, Susanna Reid asked if he was a plant for the meat industry! He was also, I might add, a vegan!

I'm all for a bit of humour and for putting a point across in an original way, but all within reason, but Broccoli Bob/Freddie Floret/Sulphurous Sid trashed the golden opportunity of being able to speak about climate change on TV, (even with the dreaded Morgan personage). He really should have left his floret outfit at home and come as himself,(he was called Roland, allegedly), and answered the questions constructively. Instead, he went and floreted up! Oh, what a pratt!

He's done the credibility of Extinction Rebellion no good at all, only reinforced the idea that they are, mostly, two broccolis short of a grocers. It's a very serious cause, one the future of this planet depends upon, in fact, that requires a serious approach which sadly doesn't include broccoli!