We love that in the UK, no one creates a false sense of friendship just for the sake of good PR. In the States, no one wants to say something bad about someone else (unless you’re a reality star, in which case, that’s the only thing you’ll say about anyone). Not so in the case of Simon Cowell and Sting. Last fall, Sting made some very pointed comments about Cowell’s show The X Factor, the reality competition he’s importing to the U.S. once he leaves American Idol. Sting said of the program “The X Factor is a preposterous show and you have judges who have no recognizable talent apart from self-promotion, advising them (contestants) what to wear and how to look. It is appalling.” Zing, Sting!
Of course, Cowell is not one to take criticism lightly, being a master of it himself. In an interview with his pal and fellow talent judge Piers Morgan this weekend, Cowell rebutted “First of all, anybody who at the age of 60 calls himself Sting is an idiot.” Not the most mature way to begin his argument, but you didn’t think he’d stop there, did you? “I find those kind of people… who come from quite humble beginnings and they’re (now) living in these stately homes professing to know everything about everything in the world, and what the contestants may or may not feel… They can say that because they’ve got everything they want in their lives, but what they’re really saying is anybody else who needs a shot shouldn’t be allowed to do it.” The entire argument seems silly because we wouldn’t want to take advice from the style-challenged Cowell, nor do we care what super-rich Sting watches on the TV in his cold, musty castle. So you see, you’re both right. [Photos: Getty Images]