Irish Senator’s clumsy message to gay colleague sparks Twitter trend
An Irish Senator has accidentally sparked a Twitter trend – after using an unusual choice of hashtag to congratulate a gay colleague.
Ireland’s Minister for Health Leo Varadkar came out as gay yesterday, saying that he did not want to be seen as having a “hidden agenda” during his ministerial work.
However, independent Senator Fidelma Healy Eames stole some of the limelight, when she wrote a good natured tweet to congratulate her colleague.
The former FG politician wrote: “#Leo Varadkar has shown a lot of courage to come out. I wish him luck. #sexualorientation”
— Fidelma Healy Eames (@senhealyeames) January 18, 2015
More Twitter-savvy politicos began to question her choice of ‘#sexualorientation’ hashtag.
— Karl H (@karlypants) January 18, 2015
— John (@AnGobanSaor) January 19, 2015
And then it began to trend, and took on a life of its own.
— Elliot Tucker (@elliottucker) January 19, 2015
— Stephen Kelly (@stephentkelly) January 19, 2015
Although most people outside the Republic of Ireland were more like this: