The Videogum Why Don’t YOU Caption It? Contest: Free Bates

This is a photo of Hugh Boneville, who plays Lord Grantham on Downton Abbey, wearing a t-shirt that says FREE BATES at the TV Critics Association panel presentation whatever those even ARE. They happen every year and for a week there are all these blog posts and entertainment media reports about it and I don’t even know what it is. Do you? It’s, like, the stars and creators of TV shows sit on a carpeted stage with lapel microphones and answer questions from…TV critics?! What for? “Will the show be on TV this year?” “Yes.” What a weird dog and pony show to have to do. These are shows that people are already watching and nobody reads television criticism (sorry television criticism) and so what are we even talking about? Whatever. IT’S LORD GRANTHAM! Wearing a FREE BATES t-shirt! Under his suit! Caption it somehow! #FreeBates #TrendingWorldwide

Winner will receive special mention in this week’s Monsters’ Ball. Upstairs downstairs! (Thanks for the tip, Chris. Image via NPR.)