Theresa May just can’t win. Not long ago, she ate an entire cone of chips at the seaside, and still not everyone considers her to be a relatable human.
But when her political rival Jeremy Corbyn – whose Labour party has been steadily sneaking up on the Tories in the polls – eats a single Pringle, he is lauded as a hero on social media, and seems to have convinced many of his ‘man of the people’ status in the process.
Here’s what happened: as the Labour leader was greeting supporters after the BBC election debate on Wednesday evening, he was offered a Pringle. He took one and ate it. Don’t believe me? There’s evidence.
Hahaha!!! Just Watch this!! Jeremy Corbyn man of the people absolutely smashing it with a Pringle 'Crisp' pic.twitter.com/MDUiyFvVPH
— ARTIST TAXI DRIVER (@chunkymark) June 1, 2017
Social media went wild.
Me: who the f votes on personality instead of policies
Corbyn: eats a pringle
Me: OMFG HE’S SO CUTE HE’S GOT MY VOTE
— ness (@nesswilliamsx) June 1, 2017
Jeremy Corbyn eating a Pringle passed to him by a stranger, I've honestly never related to anything so much in my life
— keira???? (@KeiraSmeeton) June 1, 2017
This tweet went viral on the night of the debate. Could it have influenced the Pringle moment? Is JC that plugged in?
Part of me really hopes Corbyn eating a Pringle last night was because he saw this tweet. pic.twitter.com/wlDD5gVSyX
— Hannah Jane Parkinson (@ladyhaja) June 1, 2017
Maybe it should come as no surprise – politics has, after all, always relied on sound bites…