“Eye Roll Girl” Steals the Show at Political Debate, Goes Viral
She speaks for all of us.
Back in September, a young man who became known as #PlaidShirtGuy (whose real name is Tyler Linfesty) went viral for making a variety of animated expressions while standing behind Donald Trump at a Montana rally. Now, 21-year-old college student Harriet Ellis is also going viral for not letting her own coveted screen time go to waste.
On Monday, Ellis was standing behind Nigel Farage, the former leader of the right-wing populist party UKIP, during a Brexit debate televised on Channel 4. The decision to leave the EU has been a deeply contested issue in the UK, and the overwhelming majority (75 percent) of British voters aged 24 and under voted against Brexit. So, in many ways, Ellis exuded the mood of an entire generation when she made the eyeroll-to-end-all-eyerolls as he made his case for leaving the EU.
There’s been a lot of competition this year, but this has to be the greatest eye-roll of 2018. pic.twitter.com/bB2stJh1Ku
— Hannah Jane Parkinson (@ladyhaja) November 5, 2018
People related pretty hard, especially since Farage does not enjoy popularity among Britain’s youth either.
— Kev (@kev1n1985) November 5, 2018
Specifically, Farage was saying that the Prime Minister’s current plan was a “Remainer’s Brexit,” meaning that it should still appeal to people who voted to remain in the EU. Ellis could not hide how ridiculous she thought that sounded.
— Sasha Morton (@MissSashaMorton) November 5, 2018
“I completely disagreed with what he was saying,” Ellis told Mashable. “It wasn’t planned at all, it was honestly just an automated knee jerk reaction to what he was saying.”
And if you’re looking for some more news that will bring a little levity into your life, don’t miss this couple’s super-sweet Harry Potter-themed proposal that obviously went viral.
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