2017-12-05 10:53:46 UTC
British police have been subjected to widespread derision after appearing to
suggest that bumping into someone under the mistletoe without consent is
"If you bump into that special someone under the mistletoe tonight, remember
that without consent it is rape," tweeted Police Service Northern Ireland
(PSNI) - signing off with a secular "Season's Greetings" instead of the
traditional "Merry Christmas".
PSNI, which controversially replaced the old, terror-focused Royal Ulster
Constabulary (RUC) while Tony Blair was in office, received a huge public
Police were charged with being killjoys and social justice warriors, and
trivialising genuine rape cases - but did not appear to take any notice
until they were contacted by MailOnline.
The force then deleted their warning and issued a defensive clarification,
but bungled it by appearing to suggest that what they really meant was that
socialising without consent is rape:
"We posted a message on Twitter yesterday that some may have taken out of
context but the message remains the same; when you are out socialising over
the Christmas period, please remember without consent it is rape."
"They go from bad to worse - is this a work experience person in charge of
their Twitter feed?" commented one exasperated social media user.
"They post one tweet that was 'taken out of context', then do exactly the
same with the second tweet. They need to hush and stop sucking the fun outta
Christmas," added another.
Police forces across the United Kingdom have been drawing public ire for
their social media activities recently, through a combination of
heavy-handed threats with respect to supposed "hate speech" and a number of
undignified publicity stunts.
These have included having male constables pose in red high heels to raise
awareness of domestic violence, or paint their fingernails to raise
awareness of modern slavery.
British police appear to have adopted a very broad definition for what
constitutes "hate crime", with official guidelines indicating it can include
mere "dislike" or "unfriendliness".
Arrests for supposedly offensive online posts are up by as much as 877 per
cent in some force areas - a statistic which has raised eyebrows,
considering recent police statements that investigating "low-level" offences
like shoplifting and vandalism as this is "not practical", or that many
constables are now releasing suspects they would otherwise arrest and
"hoping for the best" due to cutbacks.