We reckon that it’s fair to say that Joey Essex is more well-known for his pretty face and massive heart than he is for being the sharpest tool in the box, with the reality star causing nation-wide hilarity last month when he accidentally referred to Nick Clegg’s political party as the ‘Liberal DemoCATS’.
To be fair, it definitely has a better ring to it.
Ahead of the 24-year-old’s General Election Special of his ITV2 show Educating Joey Essex, we decided that we would sit down with Joe for an exclusive chat about all things political, and the star admits that people thinking he is stupid is the very least of his worries.
Speaking about the backlash following his feline-based gaffe, Joey explained to us: “I don’t really care if people think I’m pretending to be stupid, it doesn’t really bother me because what are they gonna say?
“I am who I am on TV and when people say ‘Don’t you like it when people call you stupid?’ I say no, I love it. I think it’s brilliant because that’s what I am and I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for the person I am on TV.
“I’m not academic and clever; if you put me in a maths test I’d probably get a U, but you put me on Celebrity Juice I’d own the show.
“I got loads of things wrong when I was talking to the MPs for my show and I still don’t really know anything, but why are their names so long? Why don’t they just call them cats?
“I think they make it too long, it’s a well confusing word. If I had a party I’d call them the ‘Reem Party’ and we’d make everything in the world reem so everyone would vote for us.”
We don’t know about you, but that sounds like the kind of politics we can definitely get on board with.
Admitting that he has never voted in a UK election before, Joey also revealed that he has a new-found respect for the nation’s democracy and is hoping that his new show will help urge young fans to have their say on Thursday 7th May.
He told us: “I generally didn’t know anything about politics, and I feel like I was in the same position as people my age today.
“I’ve missed out on voting in the past and I would have missed out on this vote if I didn’t do what I was doing, I’m here to tell young people that it’s a good thing to vote.
“I didn’t even know who the Prime Minister was seven months ago, and now I know every single MP and their parties. I want my show to show people the basics and why voting is important.”
And why is voting so important? “As people get older they start moaning about things in the country,” Joey explains, “If people actually want to moan and they think they have the right to moan, if they haven’t voted then anyone can turn around and tell them to shut up and not talk until they’ve voted.
“I know it’s just one little thing but your vote does count, it’s just like everything, you’ve got to be in it to be able to say something.”
But if you are hoping to find out which political party got Joey’s special Essex seal of approval, then we’re afraid you’re going to be left guessing.
He tells us: “My dad always told me to keep who I vote for private, because you don’t have to say anything do you?”
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves, babes.
Catch Educating Joey Essex General Election Special, What Are You Sayin’?! TONIGHT(5th May) at 9pm on ITV2.