The UK has been hit by two terrorist attacks in two weeks, and no one argues that the country is in mourning. What the British would like to debate, however, is the assumption that we are "reeling" after what happened on and around London Bridge on Saturday and in Manchester in May. That word, which The New York Times used in a front page headline on Sunday morning, just doesn't align with the "stiff upper lip" mentality.
Author Robert Harris shared a photo of the Times' front page, saying, "This sort of hyped-up headline does the terrorists' job for them. UK isn't 'reeling.' "
Twitter soon took up the cause, inventing the hashtag #ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling, which has been trending throughout Sunday. Those things do not actually include terrorism.
There are many tea-related suggestions:
Quite a few other references to British comfort food.
Jabs at American pronunciations of words.
The struggle of the extremely polite.
After a van drove onto the pavement of London Bridge, assailants with knives attacked people on the street on Saturday night, killing seven and injuring 48, which is no laughing matter. But as London Mayor Sadiq Khan said, residents refuse to be cowed by this incident. This is, after all, the country that invented the phrase "Keep Calm and Carry On", printed on posters to be used in the event of a German invasion during World War II.
Many posted photos of this guy, whose response to the attack on Saturday was to flee with his pint of beer still in his hand. Whatever his intentions at the time, he has become the embodiment of defiance in the face of terror.
Brits kept the hashtag going with these quips.
One person noted it was trending above the attack in the UK. Talk about keeping calm and carrying on.
But if you think these Brits are laughing at the attack, think again.