2020 just keeps topping itself. Remember when the most absurd thing any of us could think about was Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson being diagnosed with COVID-19? Well, it turns out they've both now been granted an honorary Greek citizenship. I didn't even know they wanted one.
(^ that's the Prime Minister of Greece, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, by the way)
Celebs get free stuff all the time - we know this. They get free swag, honorary degrees, and even action star Steven Seagal was awarded a Russian citizenship back in 2016, at a time where US-Russia relations where pretty tense amidst alleged vote-tampering. Seagal, of course, is a pretty weird guy so it's a little easier to swallow.
I feel like I'd be compelled to give Steven Seagal whatever he asks - via GIPHY
Hanks, apparently, loves Greece. I'm sure I would too, if I was lucky enough to holiday there. Is that sufficient grounds to bypass the complicated process of gaining dual citizenship, and to have it extended to Hanks' entire family.
Can I straight up offer Mr Hanks an honorary citizenship to South Australia? Perhaps he'd like to see Arid Lands Botanic Gardens...
Maybe the Greek citizenship is a reward for surviving COVID-19, in sympathy for what we know is at-worst a life threatening condition and even at best, completley exhausting. If so, there's a couple of million people who PM Mitsotakis are owed a citizenship. I don't want one, if this is the case.
I didn't expect to cover Greek politics today, but here we are. What country would you like to be granted an honorary citizenship to?