Brits Reject Claims They’re ‘Reeling’ From London Bridge Attack
Brits are flooding social media to reject claims they’re “reeling” from the London bridge terror attack.
Britons hit back at the New York Times for saying that Saturday’s London bridge terror attack, which killed seven people and came less than two weeks after the Manchester bombing at Ariana Grande’s concert, has Brits “reeling.”
The word “reeling” sparked a furor on social media right away, with hundreds of defiant Brits taking to Twitter to reveal what really has them “reeling.”
Neither the London Bridge terror attack nor the Manchester bombing, which killed 22 people on May 22, apparently has Brits “reeling,” as Britons are using defiant English humor to slam the New York Times’s controversial choice of word that suggests Britain can’t carry on following the deadly attacks.
The hashtag #ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling, which reveals that Brits are actually “reeling” over tea made in microwaves and toilet paper facing the wrong way, was trending on Twitter for several hours.
It turns out it’s not the Manchester terror attack that has Brits “reeling,” it’s people who sit next to Britons on empty buses.
Another Twitter user suggests that queue-jumping leaves Britain “reeling” more than the London Bridge attack. To make a point, the user named Rob Johnson used a GIF of U.S. President Donald Trump pushing aside Montenegro Prime Minister Dusko Markovic at a recent NATO summit.
Another user shared a picture of a guy allegedly leaving the scene of a terror attack in a hurry still clutching his pint of beer.
When people make tea in the microwave #ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling pic.twitter.com/M8006Sq8mr
— Emily Rose✨ (@emilyrose_apple) June 4, 2017
This #ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling pic.twitter.com/4gkIOJlJQc
— David Hobgen (@caughtinthedeep) June 4, 2017
People who sit next to you on an empty bus #ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling pic.twitter.com/TRY10ERtbj
— Rebecca 🌿 (@bex2188) June 4, 2017
Queue jumping #ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling pic.twitter.com/ZExfjclc7l
— Amorphous Rob Esq.🔸️ (@evilrobster) June 4, 2017
Leaving a £6 pint, anytime, anywhere #ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling pic.twitter.com/8L2Vqzv6Ny
— Linda (@SyLisiya12) June 4, 2017
A user named David Hannant took to Twitter to reveal that he’s “reeling” when people don’t thank him for holding a door for them.
When someone doesn't thank you for holding a door and you have to mutter "you're welcome" under your breath #ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling
— Dave Hannant (@DHannant87) June 4, 2017
A Twitter user named Daniel blasted the NYT for believing that Britain is “reeling” in the wake of the Manchester terror attack, showing the newspaper what “reeling” really looks like.
No @nytimes, this is what "reeling" looks like.
We'll start panicking when we've no milk for our tea. #ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling pic.twitter.com/9U7KqtaC4l
— Daniel Holland🎗🏴 ॐ (@DannyDutch) June 4, 2017
A user named Gavin Dickerson mocked the newspaper’s choice of word by sharing a picture taken at Ariana Grande’s benefit concert, showing thousands of people who were at the Old Trafford cricket ground on Sunday that was organized to honor the victims and families who were affected by the Manchester attack.
NYT thinking this is Britain reeling #ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling #OneLoveManchester pic.twitter.com/WDP1xm5Eek
— Gavin Dickerson (@Hadesr66) June 4, 2017
The “Manchester One Love” concert, organized by Ariana Grande less than two weeks after a suicide bombing killed 22 people at her concert at the Manchester Arena, is expected to raise more than $2 million, according to the Telegraph.
Shortly after the word “reeling” in the NYT’s headline got Brits fired up on social medial, the newspaper changed the headline to “Another Terrorist Attack Strikes the Heart of London.”
The word “reeling” drew criticism even from famous Brits such as the author of the Harry Potter books, J.K. Rowling. The author took to Twitter to tell the newspaper to not “confuse grief with lack of courage.”
The thugs who mowed down innocent people would love to think of the UK 'reeling' but it isn't. Don't confuse grief with lack of courage. https://t.co/9MEUfPLnkv
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 4, 2017
Fellow author Robert Harris called the NYT’s headline “hyped-up” and said the controversial choice of word “does the terrorists’ job for them.”
This sort of hyped-up headline does the terrorists' job for them. UK isn't "reeling" @nytimes pic.twitter.com/KKesMHHIFY
— Robert Harris (@Robert___Harris) June 4, 2017
Brits continued throwing mud at the word “reeling,” which the newspaper used in its coverage of the London Bridge attack.
Liam Butler couldn’t hold back his outrage over people eating Kit-Kats the wrong way, while a user named Jem suggests it’s more “reeling” for Brits when supermarkets change their layouts and finding the favorite milk and tea becomes a struggle.
People who eat kit-kats like this #ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling pic.twitter.com/X0t2sKkxvu
— Liam (@liam_butler5) June 4, 2017
A user named Tam Tam wrote that it’s more “reeling” for Britons that there may not be a Season 5 of BBC series Sherlock starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.
There may not be a S5 of Sherlock! #ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling pic.twitter.com/cFCtVz1DgG
— Tam Tam (@Rockinsis) June 5, 2017
[Featured Image by Tim Ireland/AP Images]