Theresa May became known for meaningless slogans like ‘strong and stable’, ‘Brexit means Brexit’, and ‘let me be clear’. Boris Johnson didn’t seem to be following her down that path, but he’s now come up with an acronym so painful – so cringe – that it makes May look like William Shakespeare.
The wordplay in question? It’s DUDE.
Although the papers have lapped this tripe up, people on Twitter have alternative ideas about what D.U.D.E. should stand for.
Speaking on 23 July, Johnson said:
I know some wag who has already pointed out that ‘deliver, unite, and defeat’ was not the perfect acronym for an election campaign, since unfortunately it spells ‘dud’. But they forgot the final ‘E’ my friends; ‘E’ for energise.
And I say to all the doubters – ‘dude, we are going to energise the country; we’re going to get Brexit done on October 31st; we’re going to take advantage of all the opportunities that it will bring in a new spirit of ‘can do’.’
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Jesus wept…..😱 https://t.co/HRE5Sx0OVb
— Donna (@EducatingDonna) July 23, 2019
For some reason, Johnson pronounces ‘dude’ as if it’s spelled ‘dyood’. So far, so cringe, right? But several of the papers have lapped this guff up – most of them placing it alongside a picture of him looking like a massive, saluting child whose left arm has locked:
Others that ignored the DUDE stuff still struck a celebratory tone:
The Mail‘s offering is particularly poetic, as thunder storms have racked the UK since the Conservative Party announced Johnson won the leadership race:
But could DUDE have other meanings?
Some people had suggestions about what DUDE should stand for:
Let's get a hashtag trending for Boris Johnson's "DUDE" #BoJosDUDE =
— MrCeltic 🎮👽🏳️🌈 🇪🇺 Queue Jumper #StopBrexit #GTTO (@Celticanz) July 23, 2019
— Hopeless Surfer (@HopelessSurfer) July 23, 2019
We couldn’t agree more, Boris Johnson is certainly a dude…
Defender of bankers and his super-rich cronies
Elite and out of touch
Share the facts about our new Prime Minister. https://t.co/0HzbZyWKfd
— The Labour Party (@UKLabour) July 23, 2019
Someone suggested Johnson looks like a different sort of dude altogether:
Boris Johnson looks like that dude from Stranger Things who wouldn't let Nancy publish shit pic.twitter.com/ZoYLlwMS6U
— Sidharth Rao (@Sid12Rao) July 23, 2019
Others highlighted the cringe factor:
— Max Richardson (@Maximillius001) July 23, 2019
Boris Johnson saying "dude" was like an embarassing dad in front of his kids trying to show he is cool
— Daniel W 🌹#WeBackCorbyn (@DanielWBmouth) July 23, 2019
THEY'RE SO EMBARRASSING MAKE IT STOP. DUDE? WTF? HOW CAN YOU UNITE WHILE DEFEATING? ARE YOU DUMB? WTF IS DUDE? IT'S SO CRINGE WORTHY. CONSERVATIVES ARE SO PATHETIC, IT'S ALMOST FUNNY BUT IT'S NOT BECAUSE PEOPLE ACTUALLY STARVE AND DIE FROM THEIR POLICIES ugh ugh ugh ugh https://t.co/zR1Npy9Taf
— Hannah Blackbird 🇵🇸 (@coffeewriter94) July 24, 2019
In response to lawyer and activist Peter Stefanovic, one person suggested Johnson is using the wrong acronym altogether:
Boris Johnson, Dude?
— SimonM0073 (@M0073Simon) July 24, 2019
Johnson is going to say a lot of stupid and embarrassing things in his (hopefully short) time as prime minister. But as Jeremy Corbyn pointed out:
Johnson’s No Deal Brexit would mean job cuts, higher prices in the shops, and risk our NHS being sold off to US corporations in a sweetheart deal with Donald Trump.
The people of our country should decide who becomes the Prime Minister in a General Election.
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) July 23, 2019
We can’t ignore the papers lapping up Johnson’s gabble, but we also can’t let them distract from his actions. It’s up to all of us to ensure Johnson doesn’t just bluff and bluster his way through being PM.
Featured image via Twitter – Channel 4 News
- Get active, get on the streets, and make it clear we will not accept Johnson as PM.
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