Critics slam G7 leaders for ‘sitting around for photo opportunities’ and ‘trying to look trendy’
Harsh critics have criticized the G7 leaders for ‘siting around for photo opportunities’, posing tirelessly and looking as if they were ‘waking up after a bachelorette party’.
The world’s seven most powerful leaders, including Prime Minister Boris Johnson, have been criticized online for their seemingly blasé approach to the summit, having been accused of trying to look “hip and trendy.”
Images of the politicians posing during a photo call at Elmau Castle, Bavaria, have gone viral on social media – with many pointing out how ‘relaxed’ they looked.
One reviewer wrote online: ‘Why does the G7 summit look like the fathers and uncles at the end of a wedding who had 35 Heinekens sue the photographer while their wives tell them their taxi is outside?’
Another added: ‘Of course Johnson’s pants are going down. Stag night mooning ready’, while a third said the prime minister looked like he’d been on a ‘night out’.
But others questioned the gravity of the situation, accusing the leaders of the US, Germany, France, Italy, the UK, Canada and Japan of just hanging out for “endless photo opportunities.”
The person said, “G7 just sits around for endless photo opportunities. Where are the agendas, minutes of these meetings? How long will they last?
“It’s all staged nonsense. White shirts? Then they wear army green Primark t-shirts.”
The G7 summit in Germany ended Tuesday with leaders pledging to fight back against Vladimir Putin’s food war with $5 billion to help protect supplies, according to a senior US official. From left to right, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, US President Joe Biden, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi meet on the sidelines of the summit
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, US President Joe Biden, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron during a ‘quad’ meeting at the G7 summit in Elmau Castle
G7 leaders pose during a photo call at Elmau Castle, Bavaria, yesterday. From left to right: Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, US President Biden, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida , French President Macron and European Council President Charles Michel
Another critic soon noticed that none of the seven male leaders wore a tie with their shirts and jackets.
They added, “This G7 looks so fake, they’re all trying to look hip and trendy without anyone wearing a tie.”
Many onlookers scoffed at the idea that the photo in Bavaria looked like they were all part of a bachelorette or wedding party – with each leader playing their own comedic role.
One person said French President Macron looked like a “father-in-law, polite but not overly happy to be there”.
And ‘Uncle Boris’ looked like he’d had a ‘whole bottle of brandy’, while Canadian Justin Trudeau was painted as the deer prepping for the big day with his friends.
Mr Johnson’s personal photographer Andrew Parsons was on hand as the G7 leaders rose and posed for the photo at Elmau Castle.
He works part-time as a special adviser on the equivalent of £100,000 a year.
Parsons was previously employed by David Cameron as opposition leader and then had a brief contract after becoming prime minister.
However, he lost his cabinet office and was placed on the Conservative Party payroll after Mr Cameron bowed to intense criticism of the appointment.
Parsons supplied photos for Boris Johnson during the 2019 election, for which his company received £45,000. He has since been put back on the public payroll by Mr Johnson.
The photographer is also tasked with shooting photos at Johnson’s family events – as well as major political events such as the G7.
The men were scolded by critics during the G7 summit for their ‘laid-back’ clothing
Critics were quick to spot the dress code – claiming the G7 leaders were trying to look ‘hip and trendy’ in their photos
The G7 summit in Germany ended Tuesday with leaders pledging to fight back against Vladimir Putin’s food war with $5 billion to help protect stocks.
President Joe Biden left the summit to fly from Germany to Madrid for a NATO summit after three days in the Bavarian Alps, where Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has dominated affairs.
A senior government official said more than half of the funding — some $2.76 billion — will come from the US to combat Putin’s impact on food security.
In addition to Ukraine, the rise of China and its impact on world markets put the delegations to the test during their three-day talks.
According to the official, leaders of the US, Germany, France, Italy, the UK, Canada and Japan agreed to develop a joint approach to remedy Beijing’s “unmarketable” international trade practices.
“You will see leaders issue a collective statement, unprecedented in the context of the G7, recognizing the damage caused by China’s non-transparent, market-distorting industrial guidelines,” the official said.
On Monday, they heard from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who added via video link.
He called for urgent help to end the war before the bitter winter months undermined his troops’ ability to fight back.
Hours later, they condemned a “horrific” Russian strike at a busy shopping center in Ukraine’s Kremenchuk.
“Arbitrary attacks on innocent civilians constitute a war crime,” they said.
“Russian President Putin and those responsible will be held accountable.”