Anti-Brexit ranters responded with glee to a surreal papier-mache carnival float depicting British Prime Minister Theresa May holding a deformed baby this week, despite the PM having gone on record just last year about the pain being unable to have children had caused her and her husband.
The grotesque carnival float was created and displayed as part of Düsseldorf’s traditional Rose Monday celebrations, part of the run-up to Lent, in which locals lampoon global and local political figures.
The depiction comes less than a year after May and her husband of 36 years Philip went public about the heartbreak they suffered trying to have children, ultimately having to “accept the hand they were dealt” and give up on starting a family of their own.
Yet British left-wingers turned nasty in their celebratory comments about the float, which depicts Theresa May on a hospital bed holding a deformed newborn labelled ‘Brexit’, with the umbilical cord still attached. One Twitter user wrote: “A deluded May has given birth to a pathetic, over optimistic, idiotic abomination”, while another who described themselves as “pro EU” wrote “What a brilliant German carnival float” with a laughing emoji.
Another mean-spirited commentator said of the float: “The best was the one with May giving birth to the monster that is Brexit. I think the Germans are enjoying Brexit. Can’t blame them: we are a laughing stock all over the world.”
Other Twitter users were more understanding, however. University of London Goldsmiths lecturer David Hirsh, who published a book in 2017 exposing anti-Semitism in left-wing politics, called the remarks “vile”, pointing out May’s own hurt at having been unable to have children and that it was insulting against those who were themselves born disabled.
This is vile:
1. Theresa May has expressed her hurt at being unable to have children.
2. It plays on her femaleness to hurt her.
3. It is insulting against people who who (a) were disabled babies and (b) have disabled babies
4. May didn't give birth to Brexit, she adopted it. https://t.co/rDpUtKkT8u
— David Hirsh (@DavidHirsh) February 13, 2018
Breitbart London reported on the Rose Monday floats in Cologne in 2017, when similar displays again controversially illustrated the political matters of the day, including models of Theresa May shooting herself in the head, comparisons of right-wing populists to Adolph Hitler, and one of President Trump having sex with the Statue of Liberty.