Nigel Farage’s adventures on Cameo, the video service where you can pay celebrities to read out personalised messages, has seen the Brexiteer bombarded with prank messages the trick him into reading out rude names.
Whether he’s in on the joke or not is a bit of a mystery but we’re pretty sure he’ll be mortified about the latest misdemeanour he has suffered, where he has unwittingly shown support for the Irish Republican Army – aka The IRA.
In a video shared on Facebook by Brian Ó Céileachair, who lives in Leicester but is originally from Waterford, who’d had the video paid for by a friend, Farage wishes Ó Céileachair a happy birthday.
The 57-year-old former leader of UKIP and The Brexit Party says: “This message is for Brian, Brexiteer, and I hope you have a great birthday. This comes from your good friend, Aidan. Now, it’s a bit early in the day so all I’ve got actually is coffee but I hope you enjoy a few pints with the lads tonight.”
So far, this is pretty uncontroversial however the video ends with Farage yelling: “Up the ‘RA” a phrase often used by people who support the Provisional Irish Republican Army or possibly in as an anti-British stance.
On Facebook, Ó Céileachair wrote: “Quite possibly the best birthday present I’ve ever gotten courtesy of Aidan Hart and my mate Nigel Farage.”
The video has since gone viral with many people finding it hilarious that Farage would not know what ‘Up the ‘RA’ actually meant.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Farage said that he wouldn’t have accepted the message if he knew it was supporting the IRA as he has received “a face-to-face death threat from them.” He added: “If I saw ‘up the RA’ I would have looked at that as something very innocent, and wouldn’t have even known there was an implication to it.
“A lot of messages that I get are friends sending each other messages with their own little jokes or their own little words which I have to judge – and of course I reject some if they are crude or offensive.”
Farage currently charges £76 for a personalised message on Cameo. In the past, he’s been pranked into reading out names like ‘Hugh Janus’ and accidentally endorsing more than one candidate for the recent London mayoral election.