Sheffield Lord Mayor Introduces New Commandments: “Be Kind,” “Don’t Be a Pr*ck” July 23, 2018

Sheffield Lord Mayor Introduces New Commandments: “Be Kind,” “Don’t Be a Pr*ck”

Magid Magid is a British-Somali activist who was recently elected as Lord Mayor of Sheffield in Yorkshire, England — the first member of the Green Party to hold that ceremonial position chosen by members of the city council.

He’s practically a walking meme, given that this was his inaugural portrait:

His latest bit of activism? Posting a new set of Ten Commandments at the Tramlines Festival:

Sheffield’s Ten Commandments

BE KIND
DON’T BE A PR*CK
DO EPIC SH*T
SEE THE GOOD
DON’T LOSE HOPE
DO IT DIFFERENTLY
ALWAYS BUY YOUR ROUND
DON’T KISS A TORY
TELL YA MA YOU LOVE HER
YOU’VE GOT THIS!

Lord Mayor, Magic Magid

He added on Twitter: “11) Be Good To Trees”

When someone complained about the “Don’t kiss a Tory” line — that’s the UK’s conservative party — Magid was quick to say he was only joking around.

I don’t know this man. But I like this man. Not everyone is pleased, though… because I guess they want their politicians boring and uninspiring.

Yet one social media user wrote: ‘Magid, I’ve respected your term in office up until now — but replace “tory” with, “gay”, “lesbian” or even “ugly person” and it’s pretty “serious” when seen in that light.’

Another said: ’11th — don’t make Sheffield a laughing stock …oh wait …’

Some parents also took issue with the swearing featured on the sticker, with one writing: ‘I was taking the kids to Sheffield this afternoon but seriously reconsidering. Child: “what’s a pri*k mummy?” Me: “er….”’

It’s adorable how these people get offended by a politician who swears (jokingly) in an effort to promote kindness, inclusivity, and basic human decency. Even the Tory line is a way to jab the opposition party without getting overly divisive. I’ll take that any day given my options here in the U.S.

At least some people had the right idea.

Yet it wasn’t all criticism for the unique poster, with one tweeting: ‘Awesome! My 10-year-old loved seeing you at his school recently and describes you as a legend!’

Others said: ‘Wise words!’ and ‘I’m moving to Sheffield’.

They get it.

(Thanks to Brian for the link)

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