Dunfermline chef mocks twit's tweet on Twitter
Published 20 Apr 2012 08:30 0 Comments
A DUNFERMLINE chef started a worldwide Twitter trend after he hijacked a politician's bigoted #creepingsharia hashtag.
Richard Coughlan (pictured) encouraged Twitter users to mock a tweet by English Defence League (EDL) leader Tommy Robinson (below) and saw comedians such as Dara O'Briain and Mitch Benn join in.
The leader of the far-right party wrongly identified the Taj Mahal mausoleum as a mosque when it was used on the Twitter website on Sunday night.
He tweeted, "welcome to twitter homepage has a picture of a mosque. what a joke #creepingsharia".
The hashtag trended for the entire day after Richard made a video on his YouTube page encouraging people to annoy Robinson by tweeting #creepingsharia in as many funny ways possible.
He explained, "I saw Tommy Robinson's tweet that a mosque on the homepage of Twitter was 'creeping sharia' and thought I could have some fun, so I encouraged my YouTube subscribers to post other sarcastic examples of 'creeping sharia' for mine and their amusement, and to annoy Tommy.
"Within a few hours it was the number one trending topic on Twitter in the UK and then worldwide.
"And then it got so big that the (American news website) Huffington Post and comedians such as Dara O'Briain and Mitch Benn were even joining in."
Tweets about #creepingsharia dominated the worldwide Twitter feed, blaming the Islamic moral code on everything from hollow Easter Eggs to not selling any ham at local stores.
Richard, a part-time comedian, added, "I know this means little in the grand scheme of things but I do feel proud that my silly wee prank suddenly became a worldwide talking point.
"My goal was to make Tommy Robinson feel like a t*t and I think I definitely did that so I feel very vindicated."
Richard appears at Sinky's in Pilmuir Street, Dunfermline on Wednesday 2nd May.