Tom Hiddleston doesn’t like to talk about his charity work… oh no, hang on, he DOES like to talk about his charity work.
And on picking up his gong at last night’s Golden Globes for his role in ‘The Night Manager’ for the BBC, he mentioned some of it, y’know, just in passing.
“I recently went to South Sudan, which is the youngest country in the world, in East Africa,” he explained as he got up on stage.
“With the United Nations Children’s Fund. I do a little bit of work with them to spread the word as fast as I can. It’s a terrible situation for children there. The Night Manager is about arms dealing, and there are far too many arms coming into South Sudan.”
He didn’t leave it there, however, just dropping in that he was once having a meal when he was approached by a group from Médecins Sans Frontières who explained how they ‘binge-watched’ ‘The Night Manager’.
“The idea that we could provide some relief and entertainment for the people who work for Unicef and Médecins Sans Frontières, and the World Food Program who are fixing the world in the places it is broken made me immensely proud.
“I dedicate this to those out there who are doing their best.”
He undoubtedly meant well, of course he did, drawing much-needed attention to the situation in South Sudan, but many saw it as edging perilously into the realm of the humble brag.
I just know I am going to wake up SCREAM LAUGHING over that T-Hids speech. A belly flop to end all belly flops.
— Kate Erbland (@katerbland) January 9, 2017
Thank you to Tom Hiddleston and all actors who dare to perform in projects that are shown in some of the most dangerous parts of he world.
— (((Joshua Malina))) (@JoshMalina) January 9, 2017
Ew. Longest humblebrag ever, Tom Hiddleston #GoldenGlobes
— mialicious (@MiaLongoria08) January 9, 2017
Christian Slater’s reaction in particular – those raised brows! – was priceless, ditto Naomie Harris seeming to audibly sigh with her eyes.
Christian Slater's face listening to Tom Hiddleston's "people in South Sudan love me" speech should be on US currency. pic.twitter.com/8HbZScXbH2
— Mike Ryan (@mikeryan) January 9, 2017
The lack of interest in Tom Hiddleston's story about his show is my everything https://t.co/vsTHCK0WQK
— Dave Lozo (@davelozo) January 9, 2017
Still, congrats Tom. Great job.