Netizens have remained at odds over the appearance of a puppet of Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in the British satirical show "Spitting Image", which typically takes aim at prominent political and public figures.
In a clip of the sketch, Sturgeon's puppet is seen uttering "fandabbydozy", a catchphrase of the Scottish comedy duo "The Krankies", and then shouting "Glasgow kiss" as the puppet headbutts a latex effigy of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Cue Nationalist outrage at Spitting Image...🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/qRm7gNuY2Z— Cameron (@Camerxn_19) November 23, 2020
Most Twitter users immediately lashed out at what one of them described as Sturgeon's "Irish accent", with some slamming the sketch as "embarrassing" and referring to the puppet as "pretty awful".
Let me guess those who say it's embarrassing are no doubt cult members. I actually think it's a good likeness, however the accents a bit dodgy, she sounds more Ned like than the puppet. 🤣🤣 They should make a Haggis song, to replace the old chicken one. 🤣🤣— Browneyed Bluenose...BF3 (@BrowneyedBluen1) November 25, 2020
Their worst puppet so far. Missed the invisible lips, comedy mascara and 'erm - em - erm' between words.— President Elect of Blighty🇬🇧🏴🌍 (@CBlighty) November 24, 2020
Ghastly, dreadful, nauseating and the puppet is pretty awful too.— Aubrey Hollingsworth (@AubreyHolling10) November 25, 2020
Hahahaha I thought that was a clip of her BBC daily lecture!— Cassandra Vrai (@Jdf02Jw) November 24, 2020
why does she have an Irish accent though?— Ratty (@peacefulplace) November 24, 2020
The only outrage should be about the FM's 'Scottish' accent.— lex (@blow4u2) November 24, 2020
Its too boring— 𝕣𝕠𝕡𝕠𝕖𝕞 (@ropoem) November 24, 2020
Others, however, were not that critical, tweeting that they "loved" Sturgeon's puppet.
"There's been a mild uproar about Nicola Sturgeon's puppet on Spitting Image but honestly why? It was funny and Nicola headbutted Johnson on the nose; what more could we want?", one user noted.
thats hillarious - i’ll need to watch it now just for that! The likness is uncanny 🤣— I hate sheep (@Lauren_m1985) November 25, 2020
There's been a mild uproar about @NicolaSturgeon puppet on @SpittingImage but honestly why? It was funny and Nicola headbutted Johnson on the nose 🤣 what more could we want? #indywales #Annibyniaeth #indyref2 #Wales #Scotland— 🏴WelshRepublicMemer🏴 (@IndyMemer) November 24, 2020
Personally I love it!— jasper jimmy (@jasperjimmy1) November 24, 2020
Several more netizens sarcastically suggested that the "real" Sturgeon looks more embarrassing than the effigy.
The real Sturgeon is embarrassing too.— nottnoo (@YooFuuk) November 25, 2020
Not as embarrassing as Sturgeon herself.— nottnoo (@YooFuuk) November 25, 2020
The uproar comes almost two months after the world-famous show made a comeback after a more than 20-year hiatus, this time wowing the audience with puppets of US President Donald Trump, UK Prince Harry, and his wife Meghan Markle, as well as Mark Zuckerberg, and Kim Kardashian, among others.