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.
When you see police sirens in your rear view but the person behind you gets pulled over & not you: pic.twitter.com/bPvIuMjX2V— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) January 31, 2017
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.
When I see someone else getting pulled over I take out my cell camera and aim it right at you. I don't dance.— Sarah DH (@sdavidh) January 31, 2017
this is a very bad tweet— bean to bar bernard brother (@McLeemz) January 31, 2017
see, the joke is funny because we're conditioned as citizens to be afraid of police even if we abide by the lawhttps://t.co/dflp8BLS9Q— justin m. duke (@justinmduke) January 31, 2017
"when the police pull someone else over for petty bullshit in order to extort him for money to feed the growing state" https://t.co/wabmcepxfd— Joe Gabriel Simonson (@SaysSimonson) January 31, 2017
People also expressed confusion over the language.
That's cool but how do you "see" sirens? I think you meant police flashing lights.— Jamaal S. Abdul-Alim (@dcwriter360) January 31, 2017
SEE police sirens?? Are you ok over there??— PineWoodsRunner 🌲 (@PineWoodsRunner) January 31, 2017
Of course, there were reminders of any possible inappropriate action ever taken by the D.C. police, just in case they ever forgot.
you arrested journalists and legal observers at the inauguration protests https://t.co/5GIgUKsmuc— amy, unemployed layabout (@okayyyyamy) January 31, 2017
They say never tweet, but maybe also never meme.