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#nowthatchersdead Hashtag Confuses Cher Fans
April 8, 2013
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Some Cher fans are apparently in an uproar after news of Margaret Thatcher's death led to some... confusion on Twitter.

A popular hashtag, #nowthatchersdead, was started by a website critical of Thatcher. It made the rounds on social media, and got a lot of people talking. But fans of a certain famous performer weren't all that happy.

Lots of people seem to have read the hashtag "now that Cher's dead," rather than "now Thatcher's dead," leading the singer's fans to take to Twitter with their concerns and sadness:

Even non-fans seemed confident that the hashtag they'd misread was an accurate report about the death of a pop singer, rather than a former prime minister:

Ricky Gervais chimed in with his usual gentle but firm touch to clear things up:

As the Wall Street Journal points out, some people took the opportunity to argue for greater clarity in the crafting of hashtags:

And of course, a few clever Twitterers found the humour in the whole situation:

Via The Wall Street Journal


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