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#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

#WhyImVotingUkip

 

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

#WhyImVotingUkip Because I get the chance to do this to my ballot paper. pic.twitter.com/tUyrpqsn7H

 

— Rob Dicken (@1970RobD) May 22, 2014

 Still trying to decide who to vote for? Read our guide to what the parties have to say for themselves

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