#WhyImVotingUkip: Ten best responses to the hijacked hashtag
Ukip's social media campaign overrun with jokes after launching #WhyImVotingUkip hashtag
A social media campaign launched by Ukip to coincide with the European elections has backfired after the #WhyImVotingUkip hashtag was overrun with jokes and insults.
The campaign kicked off with a tweet on Monday from the @UKIPHarrogate account urging supporters to explain why they would be voting for Ukip in elections today: "Why are you voting UKIP this year? Tell us, tell Twitter and let's get it trending! #WhyImVotingUkip", the account said.
The suggestion worked, but perhaps not in the way Ukip may have hoped.
Below are ten of the best and most retweeted replies.
#WhyImVotingUkip Because I'm worried black people will start breeding with gay people and we'll create a master race of amazing dancers
— James McMahon (@jamesjammcmahon) May 21, 2014
Being mixed race, I'm intrigued which half of me will be thrown out.
— Rohan Sivajoti (@FE_Rohan) May 22, 2014
#WhyImVotingUkip because not even my cats speak English and there's two of them and one of me and I feel marginalised in my own home.
— Thomas Jennings (@24framescast) May 22, 2014
#WhyImVotingUkip because I heard they were taking Britain out of Europe, so I'm hoping they move it somewhere hot like the Caribbean
— Tom Hunt (@TomHunttttttttt) May 22, 2014
#WhyImVotingUkip Because I'm assuming by the name that it's the party promoting afternoon naps.
— (@_LewisMann) May 22, 2014
#WhyImVotingUkip Because Mr Sheen left smears on my windows and it says on the bottle that he's polish.
— Anthony Grimley (@antinbath) May 21, 2014
#WhyImVotingUkip because I am sick and tired of Meerkats coming over here comparing OUR indigenous British market. Send em all back!!
— Geek Cadet (@GeekCadet) May 22, 2014
#WhyImVotingUKIP Because the overworked medical staff who saved my wife and daughter's life during childbirth were nearly all foreigners!
— Mike Bubbins (@MikeBubbins) May 22, 2014
#WhyImVotingUkip Because I saw a photo of Nigel Farage holding a pint and I drink pints so he must be alright.
— Alex Dalé (@SporadicDaler) May 22, 2014
— Rob Dicken (@1970RobD) May 22, 2014
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