‘How’s independence working out?’ UK newspaper faces Twitter wrath over 4th of July article — RT US News

The UK’s Independent newspaper got more than it bargained for when it published an article sarcastically asking how independence from the former British Empire was working out for Americans — on the 4th of July.

The article criticized the “bulbous shape” of US President Donald Trump, the “abysmally sycophantic shape” of both houses of Congress and the “atrophied state” of the judiciary. The author also blasted Trump’s so-called Muslim ban” and wrote that the US was a land that “steals and incarcerates brown-skinned babies” in a reference to Trump’s zero-toleranceimmigration policies.

But Americans were having none of it — and they took to Twitter to let the Independent know about it. Some Twitter users pointed out through memes that a British publication should probably not be lecturing the US on that day in particular, given the fact that it was the British Empire that the Thirteen Colonies declared independence from in 1776.

Others sarcastically referenced instances of what they see as a lack of freedom in the UK, including the jailing of a number of people for offensive tweets and Facebook posts — and another incident where an elderly man with Alzheimer’s was tasered by police for carrying a butter knife.

Some users suggested that the British should thank the US because they’re “not speaking German” — a reference to the US’ role in World War Two, which would probably raise eyebrows in Russia, the country that did the most to defeat Nazi Germany during the war.

Brexit came up too, with one tweeter joking that Americans were actually the “original Brexiters” who did it “before it was cool.”

…and others were happy to let GIFs do the talking for them.

Via RT. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license.