Dancing Winnie the Pooh meme

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D.C. police use dancing Winnie to relate to the youths, fail

They thought it was cute, but now they are getting wrecked.


David Covucci

Internet Culture

Published Jan 31, 2017   Updated May 25, 2021, 2:28 am CDT

Using memes on social media always puts brands in a precarious position.

Adopt one too early, and everyone is livid at you for ruining it. Post one too late, and you’re even less cool than everyone already thought you were.

It’s often a no-win situation, and today the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department did themselves no favors in meme land.

We already covered how horrific and haunting this dancing Winnie GIF is. It looks like what you see when you stare into the murky waters of the River Styx.

Why police in D.C. thought it should be used as a thing of celebration, I don’t know. But they did.

That’s not pleasurable at all. People called the meme, much like a detective might, dead on arrival.


That’s not the only thing though. It’s also very weird for a police department to be making light of everyone’s very real fear of the police.

People told them as such.



People also expressed confusion over the language.

Of course, there were reminders of any possible inappropriate action ever taken by the D.C. police, just in case they ever forgot.



They say never tweet, but maybe also never meme.

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*First Published: Jan 31, 2017, 4:16 pm CST