The Devil Wears Prada turns 10! Motivational quotes from the worst TV and film bosses
Is there some reason that my coffee isn’t here? Has she died or something?
Those chilling words can only have come from the immortal lips of Meryl Streep in her iconic role as Miranda Priestly in the hilarious fashion comedy (is that a thing?) The Devil Wears Prada.
This year celebrates the 10th anniversary of the release of The Devil Wears Prada – the ultimate terrifying insight into the word of fashion magazines. In the film, Anne Hathaway stumbles into the dream job of being PA to the editor of a high fashion magazine. She quickly discovers that her boss Miranda (Meryl Streep) is an absolute nightmare and has her working all hours of the day doing both the most menial tasks and the utterly impossible. Miranda’s character is said to have been based on Anna Wintour, Editor of US Vogue – one of the most notoriously intimidating people on the planet.
In celebration of the best bullying boss out there, we put together some motivational quotes from some of the scariest TV bosses to inspire you to greatness.
Miranda Priestly – The Devil Wears Prada
The details of your incompetence do not interest me.
Take a leaf out of Miranda’s book and ensure you create an atmosphere of absolute fear.
Mr Montgomery Burns – The Simpsons
Aside from his evil ways, just seeing this creepy, spindly old man every day would be enough to put you off your break time doughnuts.
David Brent – The Office
Live fast, die young? Not my way. Live fast? Sure, I live too bloody fast sometimes but die young? Die old. That’s the way.
Follow Brent’s philosophy and break the mould, don’t stick to the rules. Show your employees just how truly rock ‘n’ roll you are.
Ron Swanson – Parks and Recreation
Take control of your workplace like manly man boss Ron Swanson. He takes no prisoners. He writes letters to vegans telling them to reconsider their lives.
Gregory House – House
Are you this rude to all your patients?
Oh yes, don’t think you’re special.
If you work in a customer facing role, make sure you focus on results and don’t worry at all about being polite or friendly to your customers (or patients as the case may be).
Jack Donaghy – 30 Rock
Don’t let your employees think that you’re saying nice things about them. Always use backhanded compliments.
Dr. Evil – Austin Powers, International Man of Mystery
Why must I be surrounded by frickin’ idiots?
Dr. Evil doesn’t beat around the bush. If an employee’s not working well for you, get rid of them.
Make sure you always know what your ultimate goal is, and exploit your workers as much as possible to achieve that goal.