Two of my favorite Internet sensations of late are Call Me Maybe videos and McKayla is Not Impressed photoshopped images. Near as I can tell, law enforcement has failed to jump on either bandwagon. Maybe I’m the only one who sees the potential…
If you have no idea what I am talking about, allow me to get you up to speed so that you may dazzle family and friends with your keen pop culture insight and enlighten your coworkers on how law enforcement can relate to these two phenomena. You’re sure to either be lauded or laughed at.
Police: Call Me Maybe
Call Me Maybe is an infectious earworm of a song by Carly Rae Jepsen, which inexplicably has spawned an over-abundance of music video parodies, from celebrity
lip-dubs to the Harvard
baseball team, U.S. Olympic swim team
, and Big Ten college mascots
, just to name a few.
I am patiently waiting, but to date I have yet to see a police department capitalize on the obvious connection here. Really, does no one else see it? Hello. Police. 911. Crimestoppers tipline. Need I say more? Except… CALL ME MAYBE! Cheesy? Oh yes. But contemporary and attention-getting? Indeed.
Officer Smith is Not Impressed
McKayla Maroney took the Olympic silver medal in the gymnastics vault, an event she was highly favored to win. A photographer captured her smirking from the Olympic podium as her opponent was awarded the gold. That image quickly spawned its own tumblr entitled McKayla is not impressed
where her disapproving likeness is photoshopped into a variety of “impressive” scenes.
Again, I’m waiting… hoping some trend-savvy department will post images to its Facebook page of an officer sporting the same McKayla scowl while viewing a variety of citizen infractions. For example, valuables openly visible in the back seat of a car: “Officer Smith is not impressed.” Or, a vacant residence with newspapers piled up on the driveway: “Officer Smith is not impressed.” Or, an obviously intoxicated person getting behind the wheel: You get the idea.
Too often police are the brunt of internet virility, occasionally funny
but more often than not unfortunate
. It would be great if law enforcement could be on the front end for once. Would your department embrace the potential positives of an internet contagion? Why or why not?