It's official, the UK just voted to leave the European Union, ending a 40-year membership and sending its economy plummeting.
As the results came in last night, the pound instantly dropped to its lowest level since 1985 — like pretty much everyone said it would. And prime minister David Cameron resigned from his position, explaining after this decision he doesn't think he's the man to lead the country.
Translation: "I don't want anything to do with you creeps anymore."
So, why did the UK do it? Why did over 50 percent of the country decide to do something that had such an immediate consequence? Well, it's complicated. But the man in this video might give us a bit of insight regarding exactly how seriously many Britains thought this through.
As he explained on live television (in an English accent so he almost sounds reasonable),
I'm a bit shocked to be honest. I'm shocked that we actually have voted to Leave, I didn't think that was going to happen. My vote, I didn't think was going to matter too much because I thought we were just going to Remain, and the David Cameron resignation has blown me away to be honest. I think the period of uncertainty that we're going to have for the next couple of months, that's just been magnified now. So yeah, quite worried.
So he, um, voted to leave… because… uh… I'm confused...
Did he just vote to leave because he thought it was, like, cooler? But, he didn't actually want to leave? Help.
This tweet, which is better than anything I could come up with, explains the absurdity of his thought process quite clearly:
And, apparently, he was not alone in this.
OK, so, why then? I mean apart from the fact a lot of people gave this matter around 8 percent of the amount of thought we give while tweeting our votes to "The Voice."
Well, BREXIT was spearheaded by a man named Nigel Farage, head of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), which has skyrocketed in popularity over the last few years by stoking the fears of immigrants and Muslims. That should, dear reader, sound familiar to you because we have one of those, too, and his name rhymes with "dump."
Oh, and by the way, Nigel Farage looks like a young dementor high on ecstasy.
I mean, how couldn't you listen to a man that charismatic-looking?
Well, xenophobic rhetoric like this might provide us a clue:
There is an especial problem with some of the people who've come here and who are of the Muslim religion who don't want to become part of our culture.
Of course, why would you want to assimilate into a country where a large portion of people openly displays its hate and distrust for you by voting for a political party hell-bent on making you leave?
Nigel himself further elaborated on his party's steep rise in popularity over the last decade, saying,
I think, perhaps, one of the reasons the polls show an increasing level of concern is because people do see a fifth column living within our country, who hate us and want to kill us.
Now, Brexit has started to make a bit more sense. Supporters of UKIP were worried the EU would force them to take in more refugees/immigrants over the next few years. So, despite the economic backlash, they went ahead and voted to leave. Although, as far as I can see, many people mostly just wanted to cast a vote saying, "I don't like immigrants," and, honestly, didn't think it'd have any consequence.
Personally, I'm just glad the UK is in the spotlight this time for making irrevocable moral and fiscal mistakes based on xenophobic fervor instead of us. Although, of course, all that might change in November.
One man put it concisely:
Please, people, take the sky falling seriously.