What do Elmo, Darth & a monster have in common?
They all competed against UK Prime Minister Theresa May for her parliamentary seat.
Hours after the polls closed in Britain’s general election, May stood solemnly on stage alongside her fellow Maidenhead constituency candidates: a life-sized Elmo, a Darth Vader-esque character and a man wearing a massive pin reading “Loony Party Leader”.
Here is the cheat sheet on May’s weirdo companions: Lord Buckethead, the Darth Vader-esque character, is based on an obscure villain from the 1984 Star Wars parody Hyperspace (or Gremloids). According to Lord Buckethead’s Twitter bio, the mysterious political candidate is a self-described “intergalactic space lord”, running to be an independent member of Parliament.
This isn’t Lord Buckethead’s first foray into politics. The politician – or someone running under the same moniker – stood against former prime minister Margaret Thatcher in 1987. Lord Buckethead ran for Parliament again in 1992 against Thatcher’s successor, former Prime Minister John Major.
Lord Buckethead’s manifesto goals included “a referendum on whether there should be a second referendum,” and “the nationalisation of Adele”.
LOONY POLITICS Theresa May stands alongside the Elmo of Give Me Back Elmo