Poorly-Worded Hashtag for the Late Margaret Thatcher Makes People Think Cher Is Dead
Twitter hashtags only have a couple purposes: track current conversational trends, and maybe keep people informed (or distracted).
But every now and then a poorly-worded phrase confuses the masses. Like Susan Boyle‘s anal bum party. Or, in this case, a hashtag about today’s passing of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher — which oddly had Cher fans in an uproar.
We can understand the confusion. The hashtag #nowthatchersdead was meant to be parsed out as “now Thatcher’s dead.” But it can certainly look like “now that Cher’s dead.” Oops.
But don’t worry, Cher fans. Your 66-year-old icon is still going strong. Because, as the old joke goes, when the apocalypse finally comes, all that will be left are cockroaches, Keith Richards, and Cher.
I note with curiosity that the hashtag #nowthatchersdead is trending from Melbourne to Dublin. I can’t confirm anywhere that Cher is dead?
— Richie Benaud (@RichieBenaud_) April 8, 2013
#nowthatchersdead Cher is dead?!?!?!
— George Clarke (@MrGeorgeClarke) April 8, 2013
Wait. Cher’s died? #nowthatchersdead
— ben goldacre (@bengoldacre) April 8, 2013
The #nowthatchersdead hashtag is terribly worrying and misleading for Cher fans … (don’t worry, Cher can never die, her parts are too new)
— Ryan Nelson (@RyanJohnNelson) April 8, 2013
Equally confusing: A website that’s apparently (and weirdly) been awaiting the Iron Lady’s death is currently using the promotional hashtag #isthatcherdeadyet to promote the site. And no, it doesn’t mean “is that Cher dead yet?”