Irish politician thanks ‘The Simpsons’ meme page for helping win election

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Recently elected Dublin city council member Hazel Chu this week thanked an Irish meme page dedicated to The Simpsons for helping secure her victory.

The page, “Ireland Simpsons Fans,” gained prominence for lampooning the ongoing Brexit situation and other happenings in European Union politics. The meme group has over 90,000 members on its Facebook page and nearly 40,000 followers on Twitter.

The page mocks everything from Theresa May’s resignation, the United Kingdom’s love of its precious blue passport, and even the recent rash of milkshake attacks on far-right British figures.

On May 19, Chu tweeted that she had found a meme in support of her campaign on the Ireland Simpsons Fans Facebook page. The image in question featured a cartoon train with Chu’s face superimposed urging Dublin voters to “Choo-choo-choose” Chu for city council as an Irish Green Party member. (It’s a Valentine’s Day card that Ralph Wiggum gave Lisa.) 

Now, Chu has been elected as a city council member for Dublin’s Pembroke ward.  

After her victory on May 24, Chu could not forget to thank Ireland Simpsons Fans, remarking that the meme-makers were no doubt a significant part of her voter base.

“You folks probably got half my vote for me,” she tweeted on Monday.

The Simpsons has occasionally been weirdly prescient when it comes to politics. Additionally, in 2018, a joke about “steamed hams” from a 20-year-old episode of the show became one of the biggest memes of the year. Now, a hyper-niche meme page based on The Simpsons has played at least a small part in getting someone elected to office. 

The page replied by continuing to meme Chu, proving that in the odd political landscape of 2019, sometimes leaning into it really is the most sound strategy.

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H/T Irish Examiner

Ignacio Martinez

Ignacio Martinez

Ignacio Martinez is a journalism student at the University of Texas at Austin and an intern at the Daily Dot. His work has appeared in the Texas Observer and on the airwaves at KVRX 91.7 FM.