Coincidence? Social media sleuths question if artist hired to decorate NYPD cruiser in honor of Pride month subtly snuck in anti-police message
- It was posted on Commissioner Keechant Sewell’s Twitter page on Friday and showed the cruiser decorated in rainbows
- The slogan ‘All Colors are Beautiful’ was emblazoned on the side of the car and can be abbreviated to ACAB which is also an anti-police acronym
- Social media users were quick to spot the acronym on the design although it is unclear if it was intentional
An image of a New York Police Department car with a design to celebrate Pride Month has people questioning whether the artist snuck in an anti-police acronym.
It was posted on Commissioner Keechant Sewell’s Twitter page on Friday and showed the cruiser decorated in rainbows.
The slogan ‘All Colors are Beautiful’ was emblazoned on the side of the car underneath a ‘Happy Pride Month!’ icon.
The words can be abbreviated to ACAB which is also an anti-cop acronym frequently used by those protesting against police brutality and it stands for ‘All Cops are B*******.
Social media users were quick to spot it on the design although it is unclear if it was intentional.
An image of a New York Police Department car with a design to celebrate Pride Month has people questioning whether the artist snuck in an anti-police acronym
The slogan ‘All Colors are Beautiful’ was emblazoned on the side of the car and can be abbreviated to ACAB, which is also an anti-cop acronym used by those protesting against police brutality
A photo of the fresh design on the NYPD car to celebrate Pride Month was shared on social media and captioned: ‘Happy Pride Month!
‘Over the years, @GOALny has demonstrated unwavering commitment to promoting universal acceptance and inclusion for all members of the LGBTQIA+ community.
‘Their remarkable contributions to this city and the department defines New York’s Finest.’
But eagle-eyed users noticed the slogan ‘All Colors are Beautiful’ can be shortened down to ACAB, the acronym used by anti-police protesters.
‘What’s the deal with the ACAB subheading,’ one questioned.
While others found it funny that the acronym made its way on to a police car and one joked: ‘All Colors Are Beautiful is an excellent slogan. It should be a hashtag, or maybe an acronym.’
‘Congrats to the artist who managed to get the NYPD to put ACAB on their own vehicles,’ a user wrote.
‘It’s reminiscent of some other possible examples of graphic design worker sabotage.’
Another said: ‘The NYPD commissioner tweeting out their bogus pride cop car with a hidden ACAB warms my cold heart.’
A third added: ‘Whoever actually got the NYPD cars to say ACAB is the hero of our age and I want to buy them dinner.’
‘Whatever artist or PR manager slipped ACAB onto the pride slogan on the NYPD patrol cars, I salute you,’ another joked.
One person commented: ‘One person commented: ‘Love that you all didn’t notice that the artist hid a #ACAB reference on the car.’
A user praised the artist and said: ‘”All Colors Are Beautiful” lol whoever the artist is, they’re a hero.’
The controversial acronym ACAB has gained popularity across the US in recent years during protests against police brutality and features on signs, clothing and graffiti.
It is used by those who are opposed to current policing standards and call for a reform.
Eagle-eyed social media users noticed the slogan ‘All Colors are Beautiful’ can be shortened down to ACAB and made light of it
The phrase is believed to have emerged in England during the 1940s by striking workers and was ‘All Coppers are B*******’.
But it only became popular in 1970 when the Daily Mirror ran the phrase in a headline in a story about how police picked up a teenager who had the phrase on his jacket.
He claimed he thought it stood for ‘All Canadians are Bums’ and was given a £5 fine at the time.
It also found a home in punk music where it was used as a rallying cry for the anarchist and anti-authoritarian movement.
But ACAB has reached peak popularity now and has regularly appeared in the American anti-police brutality movement.
It was used back in 2018 on a billboard in Portland, Oregon to highlight police brutality.
‘Portland, is your white fragility showing?’ the sign read. ‘Yes it is.’ And it was tagged with the acronym ACAB.
The phrase came back to the forefront following George Floyd’s death and it was seen throughout the country during the mass protests that followed.