A cropped screenshot from the Daily Star’s lettuce live stream video on YouTube (all screenshots Rhea Nayyar/Hyperallergic)

This morning, British Prime Minister Liz Truss announced her resignation after hardly six weeks on the job. Several prominent members of the Conservative party were fiercely critical of Truss during her campaign for premiership, especially former Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak, who stated that her economic policies indicated that she was “on holiday from reality” and “wanted to have her cake and eat it, too.” 

The British tabloid Daily Star joined in on the criticism days before Truss took office by purchasing a head of lettuce, slapping a wig on it, and making a hilarious competition via YouTube livestream to see who would “expire” faster — Truss or the leafy green vegetable. Obviously, the lettuce was victorious as Truss resigned at the 44-day mark. And just like when she was elected, the memes have been pouring in from all corners of the Internet.

Thousands of Twitter users have brushed up on their rudimentary Photoshop skills to make memes commenting on the hilarity of a head of lettuce’s newfound power over the head of government.

This iceberg lettuce-themed meme raises the question: Would the lettuce outlast one of Leonardo DiCaprio’s terrible age-gap relationships?

Thursday morning smackdown, anyone?

Despite Truss having been constantly read for filth, some people have actually lauded Truss’s “sashay away” as an honest, graceful move even though she didn’t exactly lip-sync for her life.

I mean … The proof is in the pudding, as demonstrated below.

The lettuce may be six weeks old now, but it hasn’t gone soft like the exes in our collective DMs.

Normally, I side-eye corporate meme-posting but I can cut them some slack today.

And last but not least, this personified lettuce on the runway is exactly the type of content I was looking for.

Moral of the story: Lettuce remember to be mindful of whom we Truss’t to lead our nation.

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Rhea Nayyar (she/her) is a New York-based teaching artist who is passionate about elevating minority perspectives within the academic and editorial spheres of the art world. Rhea received her BFA in Visual...