GQ editor Dylan Jones has criticized the newest issue cover star, Jeremy Corbyn. Jeremy Corbyn is the leader of the labour party in the England.
Dylan Jones told BBC news that Corbyn’s photoshoot was “as difficult as shooting any Hollywood celebrity”. Jones has claimed that despite the Labour leader’s “rock star persona” he was “underwhelming” in person.
The editor was then faced with backlash on Twitter with various Corbyn supporters and others accusing Jones of being politically bias. Jones in the past has written about his support for the Conservatives and was the author of “Cameron on Cameron” which was a series of interviews with the former Tory leader before he then went on to become to Prime Minister in 2010.
Corbyn’s former spokesman Matt Zarb-Cousin said Jones had not been in the room for the interview and said the editor’s political views were “well known”.
One Twitter user said, “might have actually bought the @BritishGQ for the first time in a blue moon for the Corbyn feature but the cheap takedown attempt by Tory boy editor Dylan Jones has convinced me to keep my money.”
According to Jones the Labour leader was “adamant” that he would wear a Marks and Spencer suit for the photo shoot. In an interview with BBC Radio 4’s Today program, Jones said, “The actual shoot itself was quite tortuous. It was as difficult as shooting any Hollywood celebrity.”
“We’ve shot many politicians for our cover … but never have we encountered such a ring. Obviously [Labour director of communications] Seumas Milne and his crew are very particular gate-keepers.
“They didn’t really seem to understand the process at all, didn’t understand (a) that he would have to be photographed in the first place (b) that he would need to be presentable or that he couldn’t just turn up in his anorak.
“When he actually turned up for the shoot it was almost like he was being pushed around like a grandpa for the family Christmas photograph. He wasn’t particularly aware of what was going on. But we’re very pleased with what we ended up with.”
Nonetheless, Corbyn joins David Cameron and Boris Johnson on the list of politicians to feature on the cover of men’s “fashion and style” magazine of GQ.
When asked whether he had a falling out with Corbyn’s team, Jones said: “We haven’t fallen out with anyone, we are just describing the process of what we went through to get the cover, which I found very intriguing.”