How to handle your Twitter followers’ “thurt” about the UK’s exit from the EU
Posted On June 19, 2021
The number of British Twitter users reporting “thunder” on the UK leaving the EU has reached a new high, with some calling on the government to “stop whining” and to “grow up”.
The number has now reached an all-time high of 10.8million, with one in five saying they were “shocked” about Brexit.
But one in four Twitter users said they were not “troubled” by the EU’s withdrawal.
Twitter’s account (@twitter) was flooded with angry comments on Wednesday after the UK voted to leave the EU, with a number of users saying they “had to use our social media accounts to vent” over the result.
Some of the tweets were critical of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, accusing him of not acting like a “leader” during the referendum campaign.
The tweetstorm led Twitter to suspend the account of one user, @ToryPaddyCullen, after he wrote: “If you want to vent, use your Twitter account.
Stop whining, grow up.”
But the hashtag “thud” had become a favourite phrase of British voters and it was used by many users to express their frustration with the outcome.
One user said: “People have become so accustomed to being called ‘thud’ and they can’t understand why the rest of us are just ‘not bothered’ by it.”
The hashtag “tough on immigration” was also used by some of the same users.
One Twitter user wrote: “@BorisJohnson is not a leader and he needs to stop whining.”
Another said: “@UKIP would never be allowed to become a government.
You need to quit whining and get on with the job.”
The user who used the hashtag, @torypaddycullen added: “We don’t have a leader to talk about this stuff and we have to get on the job.
We’re tired of being called “thuds”.” @mariadolmajdi said: @tristatepundit I think we can all agree that if we had a leader it would be @BorisJOHNSON.”
The tweet has also become a meme, with users using it to mock the Prime Minister.
One tweet reads: “@Boris Johnson has been called a ‘thump’ and a ‘troublemaker’ for being on Twitter.
It’s no wonder he doesn’t want to talk to the public.
“One user, who goes by @rachaelparson, said: “‘Thud’ is such a bad word for our PM.
If you’re on Twitter, I’d call you a ‘Thud.’
“Another said that: “Boris, please just give up your position of power and take your job back.
“One tweet said: Boris Johnson has a long way to go.
Stop the whining and grow up.
We are tired of it.
Another wrote: @BoriJohnson you are not the leader of the UK and you are a troublemaker who should step down.
You’ve been called ‘Thuds’ in the past.
“Another user, known only as @taylorhankinson, tweeted: “@borisjonsphillips isnt the leader he is a ‘Trouble Maker’ who is ‘just not bothered’ and wants to take the blame for this vote.
He should be sacked.
“Another tweeter, known as @jamesfournier, wrote: “[@BoriJOHNsonsphills] isnt a leader, he is just not bothered.
He is just a trouble maker.
“One Twitter customer wrote: I think it is time for @BriannaFlynn to quit her role as PM.
She is a trouble making and a danger to our country.
#Election2016 #Brexit pic.twitter.com/p9eQxJl0jv” Twitter’s @tweetdeck was inundated with angry responses to the hashtag.
One customer said: Twitter should stop whining about Brexit and start acting like leaders.
#TheresaWillSaveUs pic.://t.co/z4nBk6Vqw7″ Another customer tweeted: @britishpolitics we need leaders who act like leaders to lead us out of this mess.
#Labour #BrexitWeWantALeader https://t tot.twitter/yTjYqgx2Yy” Another tweeted: “I just want a leader who is honest and listens.
I don’t want a #thud.”
Twitter has been criticised for allowing the likes of Boris Johnson and David Cameron to claim the #Thud tag and not allow users to take down tweets that contain the word.
But the social media platform has now banned several users from using the hashtag in a bid to stamp out hate speech.
The UK government has said it will launch an investigation into the misuse of the hashtag to try