Britons tired of the Brexit stalemate are finding comfort in humour. A new joke doing the rounds of the Internet is encouraging '80s popstar Rick Astley to take over the job of Britain Prime Minister Theresa May. The reason? He's "Never Gonna Give You Up."
That's right. The meme makes use of his 1987 hit song Never Gonna Give You Up to encourage citizens to vote for him.
Invoking the lyrics of his most famous song, the spoof 'Rick Astley for Prime Minister' poster lists all the reason he would make a great leader. These include that fact that he would never give you up, let you down, make you cry or tell a lie, among others.
He gets my vote. pic.twitter.com/h3eUEjIFvn— You Had One Job (@_youhadonejob1) April 3, 2019
While it is not clear where the joke originated, the hilarious poster seems to have convinced many. It has been shared hundreds of times on Twitter alone, and has also been turned into novelty merchandise.
Funnily enough i posted something similar the other day.... asking whether we can replace Teresa May with him 😂— Amanda Symons (@Amanda_Symons) April 3, 2019
Haha! Brilliant!! 😜😜❤️❤️— Louise Ives 爱露露 (@jesuisloulou) April 4, 2019
If we need a new prime minister then Rick Astley gets my vote. Also dances slightly better than Theresa May pic.twitter.com/hyNuLVc5mp— Steve Kershaw (@stevenkershaw2) April 2, 2019
Moving beyond the world wide web, the joke also apparently showed up at a blackboard on a train station
Rick Astley for Prime Minister... pic.twitter.com/W5O1moGZVY— Mark Stephens (@MarksLarks) March 13, 2019
According to local reports, Rick Astley's famous song also inspired the 'Never gonna give EU up' posters that appeared at the anti-Brexit march earlier in the year.