It was an extremely sad day for those voting ‘remain’ in Britain’s recent referendum, with the nation instead voting to leave the European Union. With the Leavers winning by a mere 4% of votes (48% to 52%), the result has left many Britons shocked and furious.
Overall this is just a huge blow to those born and raised within the United Kingdom and united European Union. Yet it’s not just the voiceless youth who find this result so deeply saddening. After the votes were added, countless artists took to Twitter to voice their pain and their frustration. This is a mere summation of the many posts about the result from the popular music world on social media:
Worst of all outcomes: Very narrow victory. England votes out, Scotland in. Boris in debt to Farage. Rancour and division ahead.
— Billy Bragg (@billybragg) June 24, 2016
You Mondeo driving bigoted Cunts…
— Geoff Barrow (@jetfury) June 24, 2016
Well millennials. We're really really fucked.
— lily (@lilyallen) June 24, 2016
Moving to Mars with Bowie
— Disclosure (@disclosure) June 24, 2016
My worst case scenarios of worst case post #indyref scenarios never looked this bad. Honestly.
— stuart braithwaite (@plasmatron) June 24, 2016
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to hell
— Blanck Mass (@BlanckMass) June 24, 2016
No one ever said that the majority know what they're doing. All the more reason for the rest of us to stick together.
— Johnny Marr (@Johnny_Marr) June 24, 2016
Incredulous, sad, scared and angry…cannot take this in.
— ed simons (@eddychemical) June 24, 2016
England decides to walk off a cliff. So sad.
— Max Richter (@maxrichtermusic) June 24, 2016
Brexit feels like 19th century thinking is making a devastating come-back…
— MDSLKTR (@modeselektor) June 24, 2016
wrong question, wrong time. and now a hugely divided country. in such voids, darkness falls.
— matthew herbert (@matthewherbert) June 24, 2016
Old white people ruining younger lives like dawgs your all gonna be dead when this stuff starts going hard
— WHO DA FCK IS MIXPAK (@JubileeDJ) June 24, 2016
fuck that EU referendum shit,
we need a recount..
— Nadia Rose (@nadiarosemusic) June 24, 2016
I have grown up as a British European and have just had my identity ripped in two. I am numb.
— Call Super (@callsuper_) June 24, 2016
— Throwing Shade (@throwing_shade_) June 24, 2016
The future feels a bit less bright today.
— Kate Simko (@Kate_Simko) June 24, 2016
such a sad day💔🇪🇺 the remain campaign simply didn't have a leader that could speak to the people. Gutted
— DANCE SYSTEM (@DanceSystem) June 24, 2016
We assume that Trump can't win because the idea of him getting a majority vote is insane…Ask Great Britain how faith in logic worked out.
— HEALTH (@_HEALTH_) June 24, 2016
@Novelist Fuck David Cameron pic.twitter.com/dP3uMvSaP6
— Jayvonromer (@JayVonRomer) June 24, 2016
I can't believe this.. Fear and ignorance wins
— CELESTIAL TRAX (@CELESTIALTRAX) June 24, 2016
You voted for this. pic.twitter.com/z4jVoP8my5
— Logan Sama (@djlogansama) June 24, 2016
How many retweets do I need to become prime minister
— #MERKY (@Stormzy1) June 24, 2016
Pros: Gucci came home
Cons: Britain collapsed under the pressure of xenophobia and racism
— AJ Tracey (@AJFromTheLane) June 24, 2016
@realDonaldTrump Scotland voted IN you moron
— lily (@lilyallen) June 24, 2016
Damon Albarn first Glastonbury star to mention EU result. "Democracy failed us because it was ill-informed." pic.twitter.com/4tnok61MUH
— Kaya Burgess (@kayaburgess) June 24, 2016
We have retreated to the kind of Britain I thought we had forgotten how deeply depressing
— Leftfield (@Leftfield) June 24, 2016
Fear and hate won. We all lost.
— Surgeon (@Tony_Surgeon) June 24, 2016
Scotland wanted remain you fucking horrible cunt https://t.co/s0hf8f20NE
— Eclair Fifi (@eclairfifi) June 24, 2016
They lied about giving some of the money to the #NHS #See
— Chasing The Art #BBK (@WileyUpdates) June 24, 2016
Heartbroken to hear the news.
— Ellie Goulding (@elliegoulding) June 24, 2016
Assumption is the mother of all fuck-ups.
— Alison Moyet (@AlisonMoyet) June 23, 2016
Feel so terrible for the millions of jobs linked to the EU that ppl are going to lose in the coming weeks / months 😔 #EUref
— Luisa Zissman (@TheLuluLife) June 24, 2016
Despite Prime Minister David Cameron standing down and Britain’s younger generation largely feeling as though their future has been snatched out from under them, there still may be some hope. A recent government petition which pleads for a 2nd referendum under new rules has just reached over 3.5 million signatures, an amazing feat proving that an enormous segment of the country really does care about the Union…. although it’s probably a bit too late.
If Brexit does go ahead, it is also possible that the United Kingdom itself will see a split. With Scotland voting ‘remain’ in all 32 counties and its leader doing all in her power to stay with the European Union, it’s highly likely that the country will once again go for independence under these new terms.
In the end, these posts may not amount to anything more than a bunch of pissed off Tweets that won’t change the final decision one iota, but it’s nonetheless incredibly satisfying in a way to see so many popular artists using their hugely influential platform to express their anger and sorrow at a decision that was reached because its proponents used their own platform to so heavily prey upon public paranoia and xenophobia.