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Now, UK Prime Minister Theresa May has become the centre of the latest.
During her recent visit to a host of African countries, May first donned her dancing shoes at a school in Cape Town, bopping with a number of kids who actually understood rhythm.
Former UK Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott called May’s interpretation the “Maybot”.
I assume she’s doing the Maybot pic.twitter.com/xuWZICGRD5
— John Prescott (@johnprescott) August 28, 2018
She then arrived in Kenya, while onlookers tried wholeheartedly to look impressed. They didn’t do a very good job.
Theresa May filmed dancing again on her African trip pic.twitter.com/Zq4vXTpV07
— The Independent (@Independent) August 30, 2018
Theresa May and her moves then trended across the world from 27 August, with Google search traffic peaking four days later. Notably, May was a big hit in Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Ghana. But “Theresa May dancing” received notable attention on South African’s and Kenya’s search bars.
On 1 September, the meme was officially born on Twitter.
#TheresaMayChallenge appears on Twitter as early as July 2016, but it has more recently been used by Twitter users to channel their inner rhythmless newborn gazelle.
— Trevor Ncube (@TrevorNcube) September 1, 2018
— Elisha Buffet (@ElishaBuffet) September 1, 2018
The hashtag, although not trending on Twitter, is still receiving new tweets.
I’m sorry but the #TheresaMayChallenge just killed me
— unknown. (@Baka_nowiz) September 3, 2018
While its as awkward as it is hilarious, Theresa May’s dance skills (or lack thereof) probably won’t outlast the likes of the steamrolling #InMyFeelings challenge, which continues to get multiple participants across the world injured.
What it will do though is teach generations of future leaders how not to feature on Reddit’s r/cringe.