On May 11, 2022, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson joined TikTok. The leader gleefully declared his entry on the famous social media app in a video broadcast to a TikTok account with the ID @10downingstreet.
It didn’t take long for users to find the account and flood the comments area with humorous responses. Many people mocked the politician, while others demanded his resignation.
Today, Boris Johnson had joined TikTok. Which is a good time to ask…how many other politicians in the UK are on TikTok, and what are their accounts like? 🧵 pic.twitter.com/n5omKIFDNh— Sophia Smith Galer (@sophiasgaler) May 10, 2022
Boris Johnson set up a TikTok account to share behind-the-scenes footage from his workplace
“Welcome to Number 10 TikTok!” the Prime Minister captioned a 41-second video he released. Boris Johnson’s statement appears in the video, which has already been viewed over 2.7 million times.
“Friends, this is Boris Johnson, launching TikTok’s number one site. You won’t find me dancing on this site, but there will be plenty of information on what we’re doing to meet our objectives. Deliver on our agenda of unifying and improving our country for you.”
He proceeded, saying:
“And you’ll get a variety of messages and content that you wouldn’t see on Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn. This is supposed to be a location where we can post messages and behind-the-scenes information about our work. So, tune in to TikTok number ten.”
The video has over 165 thousand likes and 37 thousand comments. The majority of the comments mocked the minister and demanded that he resign.
“Consider becoming the first world leader to resign via TikTok. Be bold!”
“In your shoes, a good politician would resign.”
“Boris Johnson, resign because you’re not helping anyone.”
During the pandemic, some even mentioned the illegal party controversies at 10 Downing Street.
“Boris, have you been to any recent parties? hahaha”
“You mentioned getting behind-the-scenes content; does that mean the 2020 parties?”
“You have to fight. To protect your rights. to haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa”
One of the most popular responses to the video was:
“The comments will be disabled immediately.”
A number of additional commentators echoed this sentiment. Many others responded that Johnson is unlikely to read the remarks. Others laughed at the decision to join a Generation Z app.
“Comment before they switch off the comments.”
“What made you think this was a good idea in the first place?”
Shona MacIver says,
“For real, why is he on a Generation Z app?”
“Because the country is in recession, the government created a TikTok to assist us.”
Many quipped that Theresa May would have created dancing videos and invited Boris Johnson to perform on Nicki Minaj’s WAP.
WHY IS BORIS JOHNSON ON TIKTOK pic.twitter.com/blNI8SVzPZ— millie 🍓 (@strawbbymillie) May 10, 2022