Bearded Hipster Cop

Bearded Hipster Cop

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Bearded Hipster Cop, not to be confused with the nearly identical moniker given to the New York Police Department Detective Rick Lee, is the nickname given to Peter Swinger, a Metropolitan Police Service officer and former militaryman who was photographed while on crowd control duty during a rally held by Britain's far-right, anti-Muslim group English Defense League (EDL) in east London on May 9th, 2015. In the following days, Swinger quickly became internet famous for his well groomed facial hair that is stereotypically associated with hipster aesthetics.


On May 9th, 2015, British photojournalist Guy Smallman attended a highly controversial parade led by the country's far-right, Islamophobic political group English Defense League (EDL) to cover the event, during which he took a photograph of a Metropolitan Police Service officer with strikingly well-groomed facial hair. Smallman subsequently uploaded the photograph online via his Twitter account[1] using the hashtag #HipsterCop. Within the first 48 hours, Smallman's photograph garnered more than 160 retweets and over 100 favorites.

Guy Smallman @GuySmallman Follow I know that hipsters like looking uncool but this is ridiculous! #rotpolice #walthamstow #hipstercop #fecalbeard わ ©Guy Smallman


That same day, a slew of other hipster and lumbersexual-related jokes surfaced on Twitter under the hashtag #hipstercop.[8] According to Topsy Analytics[11], the hashtag was mentioned more than 16,480 times over the course of the next 48 hours. By May 10th, London's bearded "Hipster Cop" had been picked up by several major news outlets in the U.K. and overseas, from The Independent[2], Daily Mail[3], London Evening Standard[4] and The Scotsman[5] to Mashable[6], BuzzFeed[7], Huffington Post[8] and MTV[10], among others.

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Mitten d'Amour @MittenDAmour Follow #HipsterCop is looking forward to a nice Earl Grey served in an espedrille when he's sorted out this kerfuffle. わ ©Guy Smallman Aaron John Bastani @AaronBastani Follow I'm arresting you on some charges, they are really obscure and you've probably never heard of them". #hipstercop 23 © Guy Smallman Benedict Farse @Benedict Farse Follow "You wouldn't know my favourite riot it's too obscure." わ ©Guy Smallman
Sam Read @bronzetrex Follow "I only use organic truncheon polish, because I care." #hipstercop わt3 ク © Guy Smallman Dave Lee @davelee1968 Follow 'Only three more protestors to batter andl can go to the cereal cafe' © Guy Smallman Charmless Nurk @CharmlessNurk Follow I say. Do you slander me with the epithet "fascist pig"? Fie and folly. You, sir, are a poltroon. Have at you, sir. © Guy Smallman

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