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David Cameron's Resignation as UK Prime Minister Has a Theme Song, and It Goes ‘Doo Doo Doo Doo’

There can be many ways to express one's feelings after leaving the post of prime minister of the United Kingdom. David Cameron seems to have chosen song.

On July 11, Cameron announced his handover to Theresa May, who won the Conservative Party's internal leadership race. He had promised to step down following the results of the Brexit referendum, in which 51.9% of voters in the UK said they wanted to leave the European Union (Cameron had campaigned to remain).

He then walked towards Number 10, the prime minister's office, when a lapel mic that was still recording documented Cameron singing a short jingle.

Digital crowds were delighted by Cameron's tune and indulged in jokes and memes on the subject. As uncomplicated as it was, “Doo doo doo doo right” nonetheless provided a solid base for a dance remix, swiftly produced by @graemecoleman. Within less than 24 hours, it was shared by 2,600 Twitter users.

Another user suggested a Darth Vaderian turn and transformed the occasional humming in “Evil Tory Theme Tune” (the Conservative Party is colloquially referred to as the Tories):

Taking the turbulent political context into account, a theatre-related user dragged in a comparison between Cameron's line and dramas by William Shakespeare:

Some commentators suggested that the ex-prime minister was contemplating a new career and could not have chosen a better day to release his track, with all the attention and cameras switched on.

Or was it actually a teaser of a decent musical?

A tech-savvy user from Germany quickly turned the viral humming in a ringtone, suggesting that downloading the (now cult) song to one's mobile phone was worth paying for.

Others stressed that this tune belonged to the people and offered a tutorial on playing it for free.

Jokes aside, research on Internet memes suggests that viral content and memes often contain complex ideas and references to serious politics, or even point to the prevailing public opinion on the news or meaningful ideas.

Unsurprisingly then, many digital commentators seized the opportunity to criticize Cameron for leading the UK to the Brexit referendum. Though a majority of voters chose “leave,” 48.1% voted to stay in the European Union, and the results have bitterly divided the country.

Among the doo doo jokes and stinging barbs, however, was a striking wave of compassion and understanding. At the end of the day, the politician had a couple of tough weeks.

Was this humming a sign of relief, or just a catchy tune that got in the ex-prime minister's head? We will probably never know. However, it certainly was a breath of fresh air for British Twitter users who could take a break from gloomy economic forecasts and heated political debates. Right.

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