It started in early 2016 before the vote. The very early ones were just Phil Mitchell in Cold War scenarios. People say ‘Why isn’t it Phil Mitchell’s Cold War?’ but that would just sound crap. I think there’s something about McFadden that just works better. I’d messed around with different parodies, but then I put him above the Kremlin on a May Day parade next to Brezhnev, and I though it looked cool and funny, so I decided to do a site for it.
I had no idea it was going to take off as much as it did. Then I was running out of Cold War scenes and there was only so far the joke was going, having Phil Mitchell with Reagan and Gorbachev, so I started to introduce others, but then there was a backlash from some followers who wanted it to be kept pure.
Ship of Twats pic.twitter.com/fLdAvBC8lq
— McFadden's Cold War (@Coldwar_Steve) February 9, 2019
I started to evolve it more, introduce more people, and then Brexit happened. There was that first horrific moment when the votes came in from Sunderland and it became apparent what was going to happen. I was devastated. Since then I’ve channelled that desperation into the images rather than ranting about it on Twitter. I want to do something that’s making a point but I hope is quite funny.
If someone’s the news I’ll put them I, like when Morrissey comes out with something ridiculous, or Roger Daltrey. A lot of the hardy perennials we use like Nick Knowles, Alan Brazil, Gregg Wallace, they’re a kind of crap British celebrity, with all due respect to them. It just adds to it. It helps, along with the settings and locations, to bring people like Jacob Rees-Mogg or Donald Trump down from their lofty status.
Throughout all the pieces there are subplots that weave their way through and one is the bromance between him Steve McFadden.
It’s rare Kim Jong-un is not in one. Throughout all the pieces there are subplots that weave their way through and one is the bromance between him Steve McFadden. You’ll see on some they’re stood together and laughing and then in another Kim Jong-un’s with someone else and McFadden’s looking dejected on the other side. Danny Dyer is always chasing David Cameron as he has probably been the only one to call him out, he called him a twat. No one had had the balls to do that before on any platform really. Once that happened, that’s when the pursuit started. He’s never got him yet and I dunno if he will, because that would just kill that right off. He’s come close.