Theresa May is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and the country is pretty split on whether they like her or not. Because of that, she needs to work really hard every time she heads out to a public event to be relatable, interesting and in control. She’s also having to navigate these dangerous Brexit waters and her party recently lost their majority government so things aren’t going too well for her at the moment. Last night, she spoke at a Conservative Party conference. It’s her own party, what could go wrong? Answer: a lot. From beginning to end, her speech was a cringe-inducing disaster and you better believe the internet took notice. Here’s what happened during Theresa May’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad speech. It’s not pretty.
Before she even took the stage, everyone had an idea of how poorly this was going to go. May tweeted a photo featuring what we can assume was her desk where she had several cold and throat medications laid out next to her speech.
— Theresa May (@theresa_may) October 4, 2017
Not off to a great start. She had to stop frequently to cough and drink water, noticeably lost her voice at times, and had to be handed a cough lozenge at one point. She joked after being handed the candy by Philip Hammond: ‘I hope you noticed that ladies and gentleman, the Chancellor giving away something for free.’ That got a good response, at least.
— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) October 4, 2017
Near the beginning of her speech, May was handed a P45 form by comedian Simon Brodkin. The form is similar to a pink slip in North America–basically he’s jokingly firing the Prime Minister. Not great for her already damaged morale.
— Simon Brodkin (@simonbrodkin) October 4, 2017
The prankster’s P45, found by May’s lectern pic.twitter.com/RNVcqY9jXj
— Robert Peston (@Peston) October 4, 2017
Some eagle-eyed viewers also noticed the bracelet May was wearing made of self-portraits painted by Frida Kahlo. She was a cool feminist icon, great fashion statement. The only problem is Kahlo was known for being a proponent of communism and dated the famous Marxist Leon Trotsky. People were quick to pick up on the conflicting political messages.
Can I just point out that Theresa May is wearing a bracelet of Frida Kahlo, a member of the Communist party who LITERALLY DATED TROTSKY pic.twitter.com/CR13geaO7n
— HannahJane Parkinson (@ladyhaja) October 4, 2017
Finally, as if this thing couldn’t get any worse, the letter F on the sign behind May fell right off the wall. That’s some textbook pathetic fallacy.
“We will become a nation that makes things again”
*letter ‘f’ falls off sign we made* pic.twitter.com/Tdi9ITv6BB
— James Felton (@JimMFelton) October 4, 2017
Talking to some old hands…wondering if the letters falling was caused by someone behind the wall banging their head or fists against it.
— Damian McBride (@DPMcBride) October 4, 2017
Oh Theresa, we hope you can recover from this. That just wasn’t fair. We wouldn’t wish that kind of speech on anyone. Get well soon.
— David Smith (@avaragado) October 4, 2017