Pro-Brexit British politician Nigel Farage was hit by a milkshake during a campaign event Monday. This comes just two days after Burger King seemed to egg on the milkshake-throwing protesters, before backtracking and warning customers to “drink responsibly.”
What’s the story?
According to The Guardian, police asked a McDonald’s location near a Farage speaking engagement Friday to temporarily stop selling milkshakes. Scott Macdonald, an online coordinator for the Scottish Socialist Party, posted a sign he said was from the McDonald’s window that stated, “We will not be selling milkshakes or ice cream tonight. This is due to a police request given recent events.”
This was in direct response to other members of the U.K.’s political right being pelted with milkshakes by protesters.
In response, Burger King’s United Kingdom account tweeted Saturday “Dear people of Scotland. We’re selling milkshakes all weekend. Have fun. Love BK. #justsayin.”
Five-and-a-half hours later, Burger King followed up with a tweet that said, “We’d never endorse violence — or wasting our delicious milkshakes! So enjoy the weekend and please drink responsibly people.”
The police’s efforts failed to keep Farage from being hit with a banana and salted caramel milkshake from Five Guys during a campaign stop in Newcastle, England, on Monday, Fox News reported.
A 32-year-old man named Paul Crowther was arrested in connection with the incident, according to the BBC. Crowther said that when he heard that Farage would be in town, he “thought this is my only chance.” He was unrepentant, saying that “the bile and the racism [Farage] spouts out in this country is far more damaging than a bit of milkshake to his front.”
In a tweet Monday morning, Farage said: “Sadly some remainers have become radicalised, to the extent that normal campaigning is becoming impossible. For a civilised democracy to work you need the losers consent, politicians not accepting the referendum result have led us to this.”