It took an American, Howard Dean, to really capture the confused overreaction to Britain’s vote to leave the European Union. While many of the less educated white supremacists out there were celebrating the U.K.’s very own Independence Day, Dean tweeted a somber RIP, declared that “the sun has finally set on the British Empire,” and predicted “the end of the UK.”
That’s heavy stuff, but 29-year-old singer/songwriter Ellie Goulding, who unlike Dean is English, managed to outdo his take by waking to abject fear, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced.
I truly believe this is one of the most devastating things to happen during my lifetime. I felt a fear I've never felt this morning.
— Ellie Goulding (@elliegoulding) June 24, 2016
Piers Morgan, who managed to drive a little girl to tears in his role as a judge on “Britain’s Got Talent,” wasn’t too sympathetic toward Goulding either.
You need to live a little longer then, Ms Goulding.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) June 25, 2016
— Jason (@EnemyWithinn) June 25, 2016
— Gem Howell (@Ladydanger21) June 25, 2016
@elliegoulding just read you 09:55 tweet. I've not felt like this since 9/11. The dread and fear is palpable.
— James Lewis (@cassius76) June 24, 2016
@elliegoulding I've been feeling like I'm going to throw up since about 4.30am
— jen. (@fringe_xo) June 24, 2016
@elliegoulding I couldn't sleep because of it
— ĆAMËRØÑ☄ (@cqmerqn) June 24, 2016
@elliegoulding me neither. It's disastrous. Especially for the young people like myself
— Crossfit Jesus Fan (@Declancarr96) June 24, 2016
@elliegoulding i feel like this is biggest mistake the uk has ever made.
— Iris Barbot (@iris_barbot) June 24, 2016
@elliegoulding it's heartbreaking. I'm embarrassed to be British right now.
— Jemma Dodd (@JemmaDoddPhoto) June 24, 2016
@elliegoulding there are a lot sharing your fear. So sad, especially when 3 out of every 4 people aged 18-24 voted to remain.
— Gerard Cassidy (@gerardcassidy) June 24, 2016
@elliegoulding I'm scared for my future
— Kellie (@kellie_newport) June 24, 2016
@elliegoulding it's so scary very very scary
— abby (@hzurglass) June 24, 2016
@elliegoulding I feel so shit, like young people's dreams of whatever job or life they want it's now ruined
— Kyle// (@TwomeyKyle) June 24, 2016
@elliegoulding my 11yr old daughter cried to hear the news heartbreaking x
— Jennifer Manson (@jenpetkov) June 24, 2016
@elliegoulding as an European I feel so sad today. I'm just speechless. This world is falling apart, I don't want know what happend next…?
— Vanessa▲ (@v_ann_y) June 24, 2016
@piersmorgan what's more scary than uncertainty for your future?
— Stacey J Hubbard (@staceyjhubbard) June 25, 2016
— Nick Nicholson (@NickNchlsn) June 25, 2016
— Steve Thomas (@SteveThomas_x) June 25, 2016