Photo via @tonyblairoffice/Twitter

Internet reminds Tony Blair why you should never, ever hold up a sign

One thing the U.K. can agree on is a good meme.

 

April Siese

Internet Culture

Published Jun 23, 2016   Updated May 26, 2021, 1:42 pm CDT

U.K. citizens are voting on Thursday to determine whether their country stays in the European Union. Both sides of the referendum have been incredibly vocal in their wishes, taking to social media to let their voices be heard.

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Former Prime Minister Tony Blair took the sign route, posting a photo of himself on Twitter after casting his ballot .

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Where do we begin with this? On a surface level, the fact that the sign is slightly cut off is pretty golden. So too is Blair’s need to sign his tweet “TB,” perhaps as a warning that staring too long at his visage can prompt some type of tuberculosis reaction.

Blair was a controversial figure when he left office. His public image and political legacy further suffered from accusations of war crimes, to say nothing of their implications. Needless to say, the Photoshop work on his sign doesn’t exactly paint him in the best of lights.

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https://twitter.com/Richard_L_Edin/status/745936791803404288

Tensions are running high around the country as voters await a final announcement, scheduled for Friday at the latest. The court of public opinion appears to be unanimously united in memes, at least. In addition to that godawful Blair tweet, U.K. citizens have banded together to lampoon another man and his 93-year-old mother.

Here’s Keith Adams’ original message, akin to the woke toddler memes of the American election but with an oldass blind woman who may or may not have trouble controlling the volume of her voice:

https://twitter.com/keitheadams/status/745921551661469696

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Twitter went pretty fuckin’ crazy over Adams’ claims, including his old mum’s age. Question everything, amirite?

https://twitter.com/jayne_pea/status/745979286339862529

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Adams responded to the mockery by blogging about it, because this is the age of open letters, goddamn it. He admitted to egging on cheers from fellow voters but doesn’t address the question of how his mother can age two years in one.

https://twitter.com/keitheadams/status/745989742672642052

Then again, that whole occult crimes thing is certainly a compelling angle. Virus Johnson might be onto something.

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*First Published: Jun 23, 2016, 11:10 am CDT