Labour MP Jess Phillips has been mocked on Twitter after she retweeted a spoof of basketballers wearing lace collars in tribute to late US Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
The former Labour leadership contender retweeted a post from Labour Women's Network sharing a story from well-known US conservative satirical website The Babylon Bee, depicting LA Lakers star LeBron James and other NBA players kneeling in lace collars like those Ginsburg sported.
"Shedding a happy tear at this. BOOM!" Phillips wrote in response to the LWN's comment "That, sisters and brothers, is how you be a good ally."
Both tweets were quickly deleted without either Phillips or the LWN commenting on the gaffe, but not before screen grabs surfaced on social media with unkind comments attached.
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One user didn't see the funny side however, calling it "yet another example of how easily politicians can be manipulated into disseminating fake news. Not all instances are so trivial."
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Phillips has a history of bursting into tears during her Parliamentary interventions and in response to tasteless jokes, but she is no blushing violet herself. In December 2015 she threatened her recently-elected party leader Jeremy Corbyn: “The day it comes that you are hurting us more than you are helping us, I won’t knife you in the back – I’ll knife you in the front.”