Russell Brand and Nigel Farage may have spearheaded last night’s BBC Question Time debate, but for some the “blue-haired woman” in the audience was the real star of the show.
Tweets began flooding in when the unidentified woman interjected during the panel show, telling the audience that Ukip are “rich and racist” in a scathing attack on the party.
Her tirade came as Brand appeared to be faltering in the face of an audience member questioning why the comedian would not stand as an MP if he cared about politics and politicians so deeply.
Brand’s feeble reply: “I would stand for parliament but I would be afraid I would become one of them” only served to draw boos from unimpressed audience members.
Cue the "blue-haired woman", who jumped up and criticised Ukip, before shouting: “That’s what he does, he’s a racist scumbag trying to blame immigrants for the cutbacks because of his rich banker friends!”
Farage seized the opportunity to continue making digs about Brand standing in Parliament, telling him: “You’ve got some voters here mate, you ought to stand. I mean, these are your voters – they’re lovely people, aren’t they?”
At this point, the ‘blue-haired woman’ stood up again and shouted “I live in south Thanet and I’m coming for you!” at Farage, to which Twitter exploded.
YES for the blue haired woman in the audience who gave Farage what for!! #QuestionTime; Ciara (@Ciara_opts) December 11, 2014
Blue haired shouty woman we love you! #bbcqt; andobrien (@andobrien) December 11, 2014
BLUE HAIRED WOMAN FOR PRIME MINISTER #bbcqt; riz. (@rizwizzle) December 11, 2014
I'm loving the sassy blue haired woman on question time #BBCQT; Marianne (@marianneholt) December 11, 2014
Love that blue haired woman she's great; Lizzie (@whitmalyk) December 11, 2014
However, some people were less than impressed with her performance.
#bbcqt heating up. ! Blue haired woman in the back sit down; Sam Archer (@S_archer26) December 11, 2014
Also that blue-haired woman screaming at everyone, shouting scum, telling that woman to shut up. Is this what passes for debate these days?; Kyle Taylor (@kylebtaylor) December 12, 2014
That blue haired woman was on one. What an embarrassment; Jake Mitchell (@jakemitchell07) December 11, 2014
You can watch the full exchange from about five minutes in here.
'Blue-haired woman' has been identified by some on Twitter as campaigner Bunny La Roche, a Socialist Worker's Party organiser and a Stand Up To UKIP member.
A woman believed to be her - the camera did not pan back to show her face - was later criticised by another audience member for interrupting again, who told her: “You are the rudest woman I've ever met!”
The heated debate saw Brand denounce the Ukip leader as a “pound shop Enoch Powell”, while Farage condemned the comedian for apparently not answering questions, reminding him: "This programme is called Question Time.
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Neither appeared to emerge as a clear winner in the debate, with Brand accused of “preaching” and Farage criticised over his "booze and fag down the pub" persona.Reuse content