On the eve of the British general election, U.K. social media users did what they do best and highjacked UKIP's hashtag intended to garner support, to ruthlessly trash the far-right party.
The #WhyImVotingUKip hashtag on Twitter was instantly seized on by opponents to the anti-immigration party, who unleashed realms of puns, gags, and memes.
I went to A&E and it was full of immigrants. One bandaged my arm and another took me for an x-ray #WhyImVotingUkip— Jason Spacey (@Jason_Spacey) May 6, 2015
#WhyImVotingUkip Because the weather's really starting to pick up, and I don't want it ruined by gays.— British Translations (@UKTransIations) May 6, 2015
You would have think that the party that has faced allegations of homophobia, Islamaphobia and sexism would have learned from the last time they tried out the ill-fated hashtag in 2014, spawning responses like, “#WhyImVotingUkip Because I hate all that foreign muck. I like good British food, like curry and Chinese,” and “#WhyImVotingUkip because I find spelling foreign surnames daunting and difficult.”
#WhyImVotingUkip Because I hate all that foreign muck. I like good British food, like curry and Chinese— James McMahon (@jamesjammcmahon) May 21, 2014
It seems that British Twitter-users never miss a chance to send up Nigel Farage.
In November last year, UKIP's South Thanet branch accused the BBC of unfair bias when the broadcaster held a survey outside what the party believed to be a mosque. It was infact Westminster Cathedral, the most famous Catholic cathedral in the country. The blunder led to the hashtag #ThingsThatAreNotMosques, including photos of an Egyptian pyramid, the Brighton Pavilion, and Thunderbird Three.