Back when I worked on papers, I asked my journos to do some pretty embarrassing things.
I once made a junior reporter spend a day in a cage with the local zoo’s new lemur.
I once made somebody spend April Fool’s Day standing in a shop window pretending to be a dummy.
I once made somebody stride through a rough south London high street in a kilt to mark the release of Braveheart.
But I never made anybody do this:
Still, I’m sure the public love the work of the Sunday Telegraph’s Jonathan Moran and Elle Halliwell and their not-at-all despearate attempt to get the attention of the visiting Ellen DeGeneres.
Here’s what the somewhat harsh punters say on YouTube:
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I’m forced to conclude that new editor Mick Carroll must be a thoroughly terrifying man who it is impossible to say the word no to.
Even if he is a little deluded:
No, Mick. Kids everywhere are not doing the Down Under Dance.