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Boris Johnson

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The Resume

    (June 19, 1964- )
    Born in New York City, New York
    Birth name was Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson
    Member of Parliament for Henley (2001-08) and Uxbridge and South Ruislip
    Mayor of London (2008-16)
    Foreign Secretary (2016-18)
    Chosen by the membership of the Conservative Party to replace Theresa May as party leader (July 23, 2019)
    Appointed Prime Minister of the United Kingdom upon May's resignation (July 24, 2019)
    Resigned as Prime Minister of the UK (July 7, 2022)

Why he might be annoying:

    He was fired from the Times of London for fabricating a quote for an article.
    As a columnist for the Daily Telegraph, he regularly repeated 'Euromyths' (such as the claim that the European Union was planning to ban English sausages), with one MP calling him 'one of the greatest exponents of fake journalism.'
    In a column about Africans, he referred to their 'watermelon smiles.' (2002)
    He was expelled from the shadow cabinet after he was proven to have been lying when he denied having an extramarital affair with Spectator columnist Petronella Wyatt (2000).
    He fathered a daughter out of wedlock with arts consultant Helen McIntyre (2009).
    When Barack Obama opined that Britain should remain in the European Union, he responded that Obama's views were shaped by 'an ancestral dislike' of Britain due to being 'part-Kenyan.' (2016)
    The Economist called him 'a demagogue, not a statesman... the most irresponsible politician the country has seen in many years.'
    The day he became Prime Minister, six cabinet members resigned in protest.
    He seems to be having a permanent bad hair day.

Why he might not be annoying:

    He has called himself a 'one-man melting pot,' noting that he has Muslim, Jeiwsh, and Christian great-grandparents.
    He is fluent in French and Italian, and has a working grasp of Spanish and German.
    He was elected President of the Oxford Union (1986).
    He was cycling by when documentary filmmaker Franny Alexander was being threatened by three teens wielding an iron bar. He chased off the attackers and escorted Armstrong home (November 2, 2009).
    He called Vladimir Putin 'a ruthless and manipulative tyrant' who 'looks a bit like Doby the House Elf.'
    Private Eye quipped, 'He is the only feel-good politician we have. Everyone else is too busy being responsible.'

Credit: C. Fishel

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Year In Review:

    For 2021, as of last week, Out of 71 Votes: 90.14% Annoying
    In 2021, Out of 22 Votes: 72.73% Annoying
    In 2020, Out of 275 Votes: 52.36% Annoying
    In 2019, Out of 4773 Votes: 56.95% Annoying