U.K. police have again embroiled themselves in controversy over tweets sent out during the Christmas vacation season. Officers were mocked after they suggested “bumping into someone under the mistletoe without consent is rape”, according to Breitbart London.
Police Service Northern Ireland (PSNI) tweeted:
Officers were slammed by the British public both for the social justice content of the tweet and for refusing to use the now politically-incorrect “Merry Christmas”, which has this year been shunned by organizations across Europe as it allegedly excludes non-Christians.
After facing an online backlash for seemingly trivializing actual rape, the PSNI were contacted by Mail Online journalists who ridiculed them in the British media.
The PSNI deleted its tweet but then issued an equally dim-witted clarification, in which it suggested that “socializing” without consent also constitutes 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 socializing over the Christmas period, please remember without consent it is rape.”
This is somewhat unsurprising considering “hate crime” now includes “dislike” and “unfriendliness” in the United Kingdom. In October, UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd outlined a new national police unit devoted to prosecuting citizens for posting “hateful material” online.
Police forces across the country have been heavily criticized for devoting so much time to social media P.R. rather than genuine police work. The Times newspaper reported an 877 percent increase in arrests for “offensive online posts” this year, while senior officers publicly announced that investigating “low-level” crimes such as vandalism and shoplifting is currently “not practical.”
Several British constabularies have also faced widespread criticism for a series of expensive media stunts over the past few months. Lincolnshire police were blasted for using taxpayer funds to produce a bizarre Islamic propaganda video which featured a group linked to Hamas.
Senior police also allowed male officers to paint their nails and go out on patrol to raise awareness of slavery, drive around in rainbow-colored cars to celebrate LGBT rights, wear high heels to celebrate gender equality, dress up in bear costumes and, most recently, hold a gay pride event in which children were invited to color on police cars with felt-tip pens. The gay pride cars are currently in use alongside the standard police fleet.
The U.K. police are rapidly losing credibility with the British public. Last month, citizens were outraged when a video emerged of a reveler at the Notting Hill Carnival event publicly mocking female police officers with sexual gestures, but facing no consequences for his behavior. The police are frequently hesitant to make arrests due to institutionalized identity politics and political correctness.