An actor playing Prime Minister Theresa May has featured on popular American comedy sketch show, Saturday Night Live. The skit parodied May's reaction to Donald Trump retweeting Islamophobic videos from Britain First's account last week.
Often criticised for appearing to be robotic – hence the unflattering sobriquet "Maybot" – the segment satirised this in its portrayal of May and the Twitter exchange between her and Trump.
Following the prime minister's condemnation of Trump- she said sharing the video was "the wrong thing to do"- he hit back on Twitter: "Don't focus on me, focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom. We are doing just fine!"
May was portrayed by American actor Kate McKinnon and was mechanical in her comical assertions that she had taken Trump down. Quite unlike the formality associated with the prime minister, McKinnon said things like "b***h tagged the wrong Theresa May"- lampooning Trump for initially linking to the wrong Theresa May on Twitter, instead of May's bona fide handle.
Online reactions from the UK were however mixed. Whilst one user said: "To be fair, the impersonator is less robotic than #TheresaMay and shows more personality." Another said: "Ha! well done @nbcsnl you nailed the mayhem maybot."
Here are some of the responses:
Whilst some viewers were blown away, others were left underwhelmed by SNL's take. One thing that clear however is that British politics evidently is not immune to American take downs.