“Please call me Britney Spears”: When a video meeting goes off the rails

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C’s the story of a videoconference meeting on Zoom in an English local authority that has gone viral on the Internet. Between insults and evictions, the local council of the small town of Handforth, with 6,000 inhabitants in the north-west of England, which met on December 10, turned into a fist fight. Broadcast on the Internet, the recording of the meeting has already been viewed by millions of people, the British especially becoming infatuated with one of the central personalities of the meeting: Jackie Weaver, clerk who came to “help” elected officials.

The cause ? Her reaction when the chairman of the board, Brian Tolver, introduced himself as “clerk”: “The president just declared himself clerk and informed everyone,” she said at the time. “There’s no way to prevent him from declaring himself clerk. Please call me Britney Spears from now on. Jackie Weaver didn’t stop there, ending up expelling said chairman of the Zoom meeting after he refused to acknowledge its legitimacy, exclaiming, “You have no authority here, Jackie Weaver. ”

Meme festival

The clerk quickly became the darling of British Twitter, with netizens embarking on the invention of various memes, sometimes combined under the hashtag #JusticeForJackie. We can for example see Jackie Weaver assimilated to “Disaster Girl”, this happy-looking little girl in front of a burning house, or Gandalf – the magician of the Lord of the Rings – famous for his phrase “You will not pass!” “, Replaced by” You have no authority here, Jackie Weaver “.

Guest on the BBC Friday, Jackie Weaver said he had received only “positive support” since the video went viral. She also dampened the hopes of Internet users by asserting that “99.9% of board meetings do not go like that, they are often less exciting”.

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