Here is a group of candidates standing alongside the current British Prime Minister pic.twitter.com/QBtdR4njrM— Matt Ford (@fordm) June 9, 2017
Generally, elections are not something to laugh about as they can be pretty stressful and depressing — at least for those who voted for the losing candidate.
However, this picture from the stage line-up during vote count in a small English town called Maidenhead is the definition of hilarious.
After all, how often do you see a nation’s prime minister standing next to a black knight with a bucket over his head, a man in a crazy sheriff’s uniform and someone dressed up as Elmo, waiting for the results to be declared at the count center in her constituency.
Ok, wait, Theresa May seems to be running with the Black Knight, Boss Hogg, and Elmo. AMERICANS WE DO ELECTIONS ALL WRONG. pic.twitter.com/iJKHYrDyal— drschweitzer (@drschweitzer) June 9, 2017
To sum it up in a word: It was bizarre — and some Americans are extremely confused.
Am I the only American baffled by the British election? When will they announce the PM? Who's Lord Buckethead? Why is Elmo on stage? #GE2017— The Moderate Man (@TheModerateMan) June 9, 2017
The Prime Minister, Lord Buckethead and Elmo, all in a line. God bless this country. pic.twitter.com/y2vKUoBZAo— Nick de Semlyen (@NickdeSemlyen) June 9, 2017
The candidates who decided to run against May are known as Lord Buckethead, an independent candidate who identifies himself as a "intergalactic space lord;” Howling Laud Hope from Monster Raving Loony Party, who said, "I'm not standing against Theresa May, she's standing against me;” and a 35-year-old heavy goods driver Bobby “Elmo” Smith.
Hi Americans! Are you confused? Here is a quick guide to the current status of our electoral catastrophe — no one is winning pic.twitter.com/ut07vav1AT— Janine Gibson (@janinegibson) June 9, 2017
While May’s Conservative Party lost significant ground in the House of Commons to Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party, the real winner of the election night in the United Kingdom seemed to be Lord Buckethead, who won 249 votes in the Kent constituency and became an instant social media sensation.
Although May won 37,718, a number of social media users were in awe that more than 200 people chose to vote for a nameless caped crusader rather than a well-known politician who happens to be the prime minister.
"Lord Buckethead" and "Elmo" took votes away from the current Prime Minister of the UK pic.twitter.com/FEjvhKxIy4— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) June 9, 2017
Prime Minister Theresa May speaks while her electoral rival Lord Buckethead looks on. Truly, democracy is a beautiful thing. pic.twitter.com/6lQqeD5xb0— Nathan McDermott (@natemcdermott) June 9, 2017
Good to see Lord Buckethead clapping politely at Teresa May's count. That's democracy.— Jeremy Bowen (@BowenBBC) June 9, 2017
Democracy is excellent. A historic night and the PM has to speak while standing in front of Elmo and “Lord Buckethead”.— James O'Malley (@Psythor) June 9, 2017
Elmo, meanwhile, only received three votes.
Only 3 votes for Elmo in Maidenhead as he couldn't deal with the electoral juggernaut of Lord Buckethead— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) June 9, 2017
By the way, May did her best to stand away from her unusual, costumed electoral rivals.
Theresa May doing her best to stay away from Lord Buckethead on the stage at Maidenhead count. pic.twitter.com/dcUnmVgfCT— Jim Waterson (@jimwaterson) June 9, 2017
theresa may on stage with lord buckethead and elmo has destroyed me pic.twitter.com/mHInDYajNC— bush turkey liker (@marrowing) June 9, 2017
I am delighted to know that in a mythical place called Maidenhead, a British Prime Minister shares a stage with a certain Lord Buckethead.— David Simon (@AoDespair) June 9, 2017
Corbyn also had a similar encounter earlier in the evening.
Then this happened...
Americans giggle at Lord Buckethead in UK elections, not appreciating that we actually elected our Lord Buckethead as president.— Patrick Chovanec (@prchovanec) June 9, 2017
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