So, according to a particular world leader, Africa’s countries are a collective “shithole”. That’s nice, isn’t it?
Since the report broke this morning, US President Donald Trump denied that he “used this language” to describe the continent’s nations, Haiti and El Salvador, but that hasn’t stopped the internet from voicing its opinion on the matter.
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But the shockwaves are only just beginning to be felt in South Africa, with the country’s Twitter users rallying together to celebrate their beautiful shithole.
Africa and the rest of the world showcased the beauty lurking in their ‘shithole’ countries
Late Friday afternoon, the hashtag #MyShithole began trending across the nation. But instead of slating Trump for the comment, South Africans parodied the statement, posting pictures of their woefully ugly nation.
Kazuki Tshabalala posted one of the more popular tweets using the hashtag, looking across Durban’s city centre and harbour. It gained more than 20 responses, 23 likes and seven retweets within five hours.
It also received a retweet from popular political analyst Max du Preez, adding an additional 21 comments, 30 retweets and more than 70 likes to the conversation.
This was enough to propel the hashtag into the timelines of South Africans.
— Kazuki Tshabalala (@KazTshabalala) January 12, 2018
Users soon rallied to the call, posting their own pictures. Snaps of Cape Town, the Drakensberg, and Lowveld were all spotted.
— Tim Butcher Author (@timbobutcher) January 12, 2018
— Vishali (@vish_za) January 12, 2018
Hey DT, I don’t mind you, but when you come after my beautiful country, it’s fairgame. Fuck you, Sir and your ignorant statements. #myshithole Cape Town @realDonaldTrump @SouthAfrica pic.twitter.com/XYZe7OfGxe
— Cara Erasmus (@IceyPieDoto) January 12, 2018
— F. Scott Babcock (@fsbabs) January 12, 2018
— Lize Linstrӧm (@LizeLinstrom) January 12, 2018
— justin rix (@justrixin) January 12, 2018
— Ralph Felix Pina (@ralphpina) January 12, 2018
— Sonja Delport
(@Edelweiss_Delp) January 12, 2018
— Nkosana Kumalo (@Trusana_nkosana) January 12, 2018
But South Africa wasn’t alone.
The earliest tweet with the hashtag we could find originated from Nairobi, Kenya. Users in other African countries like Ivory Coast and Namibia also contributed.
— HAGONO (@HAGONOFRANK) January 12, 2018
— Carl Anhaeusser (@kalahari2) January 12, 2018
— I am an African
(@Clint_ZA) January 12, 2018
— KhayelihleKhumalo (@KhayaJames) January 12, 2018
Additionally, a number of Haitians also adopted the hashtag.
— Leve Kanpe Ayisyen (@htsistersplace) January 12, 2018
The hashtag continues to trend across South Africa at the time of writing.