The Health Secretary of the United Kingdom, Matt Hancock, has a lot on his hands currently, especially with London going into lockdown and the new variant of coronavirus that is wreaking havoc in the capital. However, what seemed to grab Twitterati's attention is the fact that some of Hancock's mannerisms are slightly similar to a Toy Story character.
Hancock was speaking in the House of Commons about the worsening of the coronavirus situation and was answering a question on the coronavirus tiers system. In videos that have now gone viral on social media, Hancock can be seen flopping backwards onto his bench after his speech in a manner that is rather unusual.
For Twitter users, the similarities are unmissable. This is exactly how Woody, the cowboy from the Pixar animation, would slip back into its lifeless position every time humans would step into the scene.
A Twitter user asked, "Why does Matt Hancock sit down like Woody in Toy Story when a human enters the room?" while another referred to a song popularised by the movie, "You've got a friend in me."
That hancock sitting down like Woody from toy story video is top tier— Oli (@oliparsnips) December 17, 2020
Honestly that video of Matt Hancock sitting down like Woody from Toy Story is my absolute favourite I keep crying everytime I watch it — (@millgracebarn) December 17, 2020
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