Twitter mistakes Britain's new prime minister Theresa May for a porn star

Britain's new prime minister is a porn-star. Lol. Not really! But for some glorious days, Twitteratti mistook Teresa May of 'Smack My Bitch Up' fame with the 59-year-old Theresa May — U.K.'s home secretary since 2010 and newly announced prime minister of the United Kingdom.

FP Staff July 13, 2016 13:43:59 IST
Twitter mistakes Britain's new prime minister Theresa May for a porn star

Britain's new prime minister is a porn star.

No, not really! But for some glorious days, Twitteratti mistook the 49-year-old Teresa May of "Smack My B*tch Up" fame for the 59-year-old Theresa May — United Kingdom's home secretary since 2010 and the newly appointed prime minister of UK.

So how did the confusion begin? Well to start with, the names are pretty similar. The H-less May is a 'lingerie model' who has been using the new-found publicity as means to sell autographed underwear, and the other is an Oxford graduate, with the new-found responsibility of stabilising a post-Brexit UK.

Various not-so-news-savvy Twitteratti took to 'congratulating' the new prime minister and bombarding political commentary, mistakenly tagging the May without an H. As a result #TeresaMay was a trending topic on Twitter and the infamous model got a lot of followers.

She decided to monetise the moment by selling her autographed underwear to her new followers and fans.

The author of My Body in Your Hands was also forced to change her Twitter bio which now reads "I am a UK Glamour model, not the Prime Minister" (sic).

Despite various clarifications, the model was still mistakenly tagged.

However some Britons were keen on the idea of having a sexy prime minister. The idea of a lingerie model sounds laughable but many politicians are just loved more for their good looks (read Justin Trudeau).

No matter how large the confusion, we can almost count on Teresa May to be a politician some day. She has already started denouncing the media.

Just FYI, if you are looking to tag the new prime minister of UK on Twitter, then her handle is @theresa_may. She is set to move into 10 Downing Street on Wednesday. She will be the UK's second female prime minister after Margaret Thatcher.

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