Social media users have pointed out an uncanny resemblance between Argentina’s new president to late British comedian Bernard Manning.
Javier Milei, who pulled off a shock victory in the Argentine elections last Sunday, was described as a ‘support act for Bernard Manning’ by social media users rubbing their eyes in disbelief, branding the world leader as a ‘doppelganger’ for the late comedian.
One social media user said, ‘Bernard Manning is looking well’ following the announcement of the far-right candidate’s election victory.
Another said: ‘People are understandably very harsh about Bernard Manning, but his best joke was definitely becoming president of Argentina decades after he died’.
A third user suggested that the late comedian, who died in June 2007, had ‘been in Argentina all this time.’
Javier Milei, who pulled off a shock victory in the Argentine elections last Sunday, was described as a ‘support act for Bernard Manning’
British comedian Bernard Manning was known for his masterful execution of one-liners, with a blunt, often crude, style
Social media users also pointed out that the uncanny resemblance went further than their physical characteristics, with the pair also sharing political views, with some even suggesting that the comedian had been ‘cloned’.
This isn’t the first time that Manning has been noted to have a striking resemblance with someone. In 2017, a TV extra asked for a DNA test to prove whether or not he is a secret lovechild of the late comedian.
Milei, a self-described ‘tantric sex coach’ who was elected to Argentina’s parliament in December 2021 as a member of La Libertad Avanza, despite no previous political experience, has gained a reputation for being outspoken, unpredictable and eccentric – traits that he shares the late British comedian whose material became increasingly unacceptable to TV chiefs.
The 53-year-old is also known as ‘el Loco’ in Argentina, which translates to ‘the Madman’ for his eccentric speeches, and has even called Pope Francis a ‘f***ing communist’, ‘communist turd’ and the ‘representative of the evil one on Earth’.
Bernard Manning was known for his masterful execution of one-liners, with a blunt, often crude style, but was also accused of telling racist jokes and taunting homosexuals, ignored changing attitudes, and refused to alter a stage act made nationally famous when he appeared on ITV’s The Comedians show in the 1970s.
The controversial stand-up comedian, who amassed a multi-million-pound fortune over the course of his successful career, died at the age of 76.
The pair also share a knack for showmanship, taking to the stage like a duck to water, with Milei often strutting on the stage during the election trail, and whipping up enthusiasm from a chanting crowd of his supporters.
The far-right economist is also known for his peculiar rockstar hair, which he says he never combs, and could be explained by his teenage years as a singer in a rock band covering Rolling Stones tracks, called ‘Everest’.
One social media user said that Bernard Manning’s ‘best joke was definitely becoming president of Argentina decades after he died’
Social media users pointed out the uncanny resemblance between Javier Milei and the late British comedian Bernard Manning
One user suggested that Javier Milei could be Bernard Manning’s son, after social media users suggested that he was the late comedian’s doppelganger
Social media user jokingly suggested that the comedian who died in June 2007 could have been hiding out in Argentina this whole time
Javier Milei was likened to a ‘young Bernard Manning’ after social media users pointed out the striking resemblance between the pair
Some users also pointed out that the uncanny resemblance went further than their physical characteristics, with the pair also sharing political views
Milei who sports a distinctive rock star-style hairdo was branded a ‘support act’ for the late British stand-up comedian
Social media users expressed their disbelief that Bernard Manning had been ‘elected President of Argentina’
A clip of ‘Would I Lie To You’ was used to emphasise the how stunned some social media users were to see the Bernard Manning doppelganger pop up as the new president of Argentina
Others also pointed out that that Milei also shared resemblance with Hollywood actor Joaquin Phoenix, as well as the late British comedian
With his victory on Sunday night, the fiery lawmaker, 53, has thrust Argentina into the unknown regarding just how extreme his policies will be
Milei, who uses a medium to communicate with his dead dog for advice on political matters, beat Argentina’s Economy Minister Sergio Massa in Sunday’s polarized presidential runoff dominated by the country’s dire economy.
Massa conceded before the electoral authority released results, which saw the right-wing populist Milei win some 56 percent to his rival’s 44 percent with 99.4 percent of the votes counted.
Massa congratulated his opponent, a right-wing economist known as ‘el Loco’ – or the Madman – who promised a shake-up for the nation and has welcomed frequent comparisons of him to Trump.
With his victory on Sunday night, the fiery lawmaker, 53, has thrust Argentina into the unknown regarding just how extreme his policies will be, following a campaign that saw him revving a chainsaw to symbolically cut the state down to size.
In a speech following his dramatic victory, he vowed that the ‘reconstruction of Argentina begins today’ while adding he would ‘drain the swamp’ in reference to stemming the influence of special interests and lobbyists.
Milei, who often dresses up as his superhero alter-ego ‘General AnCap’ which is short for anarcho-capitalist, made his name furiously denouncing the ‘political caste’ on television programs.
His pledge for abrupt, severe change resonated with Argentines weary of annual inflation soaring above 140% and a poverty rate that reached 40%. He will take power on December 10.