Media outlets in the US mistakenly attributed firework celebrations in the UK to Joe Biden’s election win this weekend after they seemingly forgot about the time-honoured tradition of Guy Fawkes Night.
Newspapers including The Hill and World News Tonight reported that the “world was celebrating” the election result after pictures of fireworks in London and Edinburgh coincided with Biden being confirmed as President-elect.
The reports appeared to stem from social media users in the UK who picked up on positive sentiment in regards to Donald Trump’s defeat.
Fireworks in London. This isn’t a US celebration, it’s a worldwide one. Let the healing begin.— Lauren S. Hissrich (@LHissrich) November 7, 2020
Even here in the UK my neighbours are setting of fireworks and shouting in celebration of Biden’s win pic.twitter.com/5GVv3HokHe— sad potato ? (@Eternal_Stress) November 7, 2020
Yet the pyrotechnics were more likely in honour of the Gunpowder Plot rather than the Biden/Harris plot.
Although as some pointed out, there would have certainly been cross-overs:
This is for Guy Fawkes, who died in 1606….look him up, he may have voted for Biden ?— UKlPvoter (@UKlPVoter) November 8, 2020