British kids say Simon Cowell is more famous than God

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 16th 2008 5:04PM
CowellThis story both amuses me and baffles me.

A poll of under-10 British children reveals that the kids think that American Idol/X Factor host Simon Cowell is more famous than God, the guy who created the universe. The poll was taken in one town, Luton; Cowell also beat out Queen Elizabeth.

But does this really mean that little British kids think that Cowell is better than God? How exactly did they ask the question? Maybe Cowell is more "famous" than God, because, well, he's on television all the time and these kids probably think they know him better. I think that people are going to be disturbed and shocked by these results when they really don't have to be. I mean, these kids have to know who God and The Queen are to even put them in the top 5, right?

Maybe they showed the kids two pictures, one of God and one of Cowell.

Who is more famous?
God57 (46.3%)
The Queen4 (3.3%)
Simon Cowell25 (20.3%)
Dame Edna7 (5.7%)
Martha Stewart3 (2.4%)
Larry The Cable Guy5 (4.1%)
Paris Hilton22 (17.9%)

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Tony Edwards

You have a fundamental error in your report on the survey of under ten year olds, carried out by the promotional consortium Luton First. The survey was national and carried out among nearly 1,600 pre-teens at It was not merely a poll among under tens in Luton and so reflects a national perspective.

December 19 2008 at 8:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Steve Meikle

More famous than God, or, as the Beatles said, bigger than Jesus?

well YES. Jesus said that strait and narrow was the way and few there were to find it, also that He was despised and rejected of men.

So any popular figure is more famous than God, because God is in fact depised and dishonoured in this ands every society

December 17 2008 at 12:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

In a related story God smites British kids, kids go to hell and meet Simon Cowell.

December 17 2008 at 12:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bryan McGuckin

God's last publicity stunt was a stain on a sidewalk. Pretty weak sauce from a guy that was killing first born sons back in his prime.

December 16 2008 at 11:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Maybe they meant that Simon THINKS he's God...

December 16 2008 at 6:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Religion isn't as big here as it is in America, and especially in recent years you're only allowed to teach about different religions in normal schools, rather than teach christianity.

We don't have 'in god we trust' or anything like that on our money, and we very much have complete separation between 'church and state' as you guys would put it.

Unfortunately, the queen isn't as celebrated as she once was with the kids. Even me (at 23) never really was forced to pay attention... Infact, i'm sure anyone my age would tell you Princess Diana was/is 'more famous'.

X Factor (our version of Idol, with Cowell) is in its 5th series now, and Saturdays final broke all the records for any episode ever. 15 million people watched it, which is millions more than go to church or watch the queens speech!

December 16 2008 at 6:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to RazorD's comment

Funnily, the U.S. technically has complete church and state separation while Britain has them legally joined together. The Queen, the head of state, is head of the Anglican church. Of course in practice it is the exact opposite.

December 16 2008 at 11:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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