This coveted award is being bestowed at an unprecedented early date thanks to the absolute inanity of Francesco Scattino – sorry, Schettino – aka Captain Chicken of the Costa Concordia.
The hardworking judges chose the winner from a photo finish between two statements by Schettino (via The Guardian).
“I didn’t even have a life jacket because I had given it to one of the passengers. I was trying to get people to get into the boats in an orderly fashion. Suddenly, since the ship was at a 60-70° angle, I tripped and I ended up in one of the boats. That’s how I found myself in the lifeboat,” said Schettino.
And this (the winner!):
Schettino said he was not afraid of a drugs test: “I don’t do drugs and I had not drunk.” By grounding the vessel close to the shore after it struck rock he believes he saved the lives of many passengers.
What – as opposed to grounding it in deep water?
Maybe Schettino wasn’t drunk when he caused this disaster, but we’d have to be to accept his explanation.
Anyway, if this guy isn’t the biggest idiot in the world, he’ll do until someone better comes along.