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Activists Hijack Boris Johnson Resignation Coverage With ‘Benny Hill’ Theme, Thanks to Hugh Grant

Actor’s off-the-cuff Twitter request to “Yakety Sax” the aftermath of Boris Johnson resignation is both comedy gold and “politically damaging”

Anti-Brexit protesters including Steve Bray sing to music as they stand on a traffic island, across the street from the Houses of Parliament, in London, Wednesday, June 29, 2022. The day before, police officers confiscated sound amplification equipment from Bray which coincided with a new Police Crime Sentencing and Courts Act coming into force, giving police in England and Wales more powers to impose conditions on non-violent protests, including those deemed too noisy or a nuisance. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)Anti-Brexit protesters including Steve Bray sing to music as they stand on a traffic island, across the street from the Houses of Parliament, in London, Wednesday, June 29, 2022. The day before, police officers confiscated sound amplification equipment from Bray which coincided with a new Police Crime Sentencing and Courts Act coming into force, giving police in England and Wales more powers to impose conditions on non-violent protests, including those deemed too noisy or a nuisance. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Anti-Brexit protester Steve Bray

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U.K. activists celebrated the resignation of Prime Minister Boris Johnson in perhaps the most British way possible: By hijacking live televised interviews with Conservative Party members with the Benny Hill theme song.

The shenanigans started, British-ly enough, after actor Hugh Grant tweeted to activist Steve Bray in the aftermath of Johnson’s resignation, “Glad you have your speakers back. Do you by any chance have the Benny Hill music to hand?”

Bray, who descended on the park outside the British Parliament in anticipation of Johnson’s last day as Prime Minister with portable speakers in hand, eagerly obliged:

Bray was in close enough proximity to Parliament that the sound of the Benny Hill theme — a.k.a. “Yakety Sax,” a novelty pop song that remains synonymous with bumbling antics even decades after the sketch comedy show last aired — permeated into news programs’ interviews with Tory members laying the groundwork for the post-Johnson government. The results were hilarious and damning:

As The Guardian politics writer Christopher Hope noted on Twitter, “This interview with its Benny Hill theme is so politically damaging. The Tories are a laughing stock.”

Bray did not escape the clever protest unscathed, later tweeting that the police had confiscated two of the offending speakers. However, reinforcements — three more speakers — were due Friday, ensuring the troll would continue.

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