U.K. election map looks like Maggie Simpson, says the internet
Voters change the political character of Britain. But a cartoon character?
The results of 2015's general election in the U.K. inspired many strongly worded and emotional posts on Twitter Thursday evening.
Hundreds of thousands went online to express their thoughts as the winners were announced, many of them upset to see the Conservative Party sweep into power after winning an unexpected majority, and over the resignations of Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg and Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband.
Others were happy with the outcome of the election, particularly those belonging to the Scottish Nationalist Party, which leapfrogged to 56 seats from six.
And yet, regardless of where they stood politically, voters across the board seemed to agree on the fact that screen captures from the Simpsons made for great election reaction tweets.
Jim Murphy right now. <a href="https://twitter.com/AngrySalmond">@AngrySalmond</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ElectionDay?src=hash">#ElectionDay</a> <a href="http://t.co/twifIJBdpT">pic.twitter.com/twifIJBdpT</a>—@Dezza93
Scottish Labour <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TheVote?src=hash">#TheVote</a> <a href="http://t.co/Q3ADuc6rS7">pic.twitter.com/Q3ADuc6rS7</a>—@James_Aston_29
"Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos!" <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GE2015?src=hash">#GE2015</a> <a href="http://t.co/334jcsd0nk">pic.twitter.com/334jcsd0nk</a>—@SimpsonsQOTD
Whether this factored into the way people started viewing the U.K.'s new political map or not, there's a contingent of people online who feel it looks exactly like Maggie Simpson.
"That predicted UK map post-election, or #thesimpsons?" he asked his followers, juxtaposing a screen shot of the map next to an image of Homer and Marge's baby daughter.
That predicted UK map post-election. Or <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/thesimpsons?src=hash">#thesimpsons</a>? <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GE2015?src=hash">#GE2015</a> <a href="http://t.co/gVldpWmY7j">pic.twitter.com/gVldpWmY7j</a>—@alexmclaughlan
The resemblance they saw was due to the map's largely yellow top (yellow being the colour of the Scottish National Party) and its light blue base, which represents the Conservative Party.
The smattering of yellow and red (Labour Party)spots throughout the blue portion of the map are being likened to the character's hands and notoriously noisy soother.
*Runs onto Twitter, legs it up your TL, sprints onto your page* HAS ANYONE NOTICED THE ELECTION MAP LOOKS LIKE MAGGIE SIMPSON OR NAH?—@dawneywawney
As the meme's presence grew on Friday, so too did the number of jokes about it on U.K. election-related hashtags.
"I can't afford food, or an education or treatment at the hospital." "...But, you see how it looks like Maggie Simpson right?" <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GE2015?src=hash">#GE2015</a>—@TomGloverComedy
The only way the UK map looks like Maggie Simpson is if she was shot a few times then run over by a steamroller. <a href="http://t.co/gXmXdexSrS">pic.twitter.com/gXmXdexSrS</a>—@retrofido
Exit polls also failed to predict number of people making UK map/Maggie Simpson gags. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ge2015?src=hash">#ge2015</a>—@untilnextyear
Maggie Simpson... after all of the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/maggiesimpson?src=hash">#maggiesimpson</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GE2015?src=hash">#GE2015</a> tweets today <a href="http://t.co/tWUcjV6Rlp">pic.twitter.com/tWUcjV6Rlp</a>—@anish8fx
I'm not sure the UK is anything like Maggie Simpson. She at least tried to get rid of Mr Burns. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GE2015?src=hash">#GE2015</a>—@hullodave
While the final post-election map does look slightly different from Maggie's apparent doppelganger, it's hard to deny how Simpsonesque it still appears — though, as Mashable notes, it may be a little more "early Bart Simpson" now.
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