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Fuck The Police / FTP

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illustration of frog and toad riding a bicycle together and the caption FUCK THE POLICE


About

"Fuck The Police," sometimes spelled Fuck Tha Police or abbreviated as FTP, is a catchphrase commonly used in times of contempt for authority figures and/or general disregard for public opinion in a similar vein to the expression Haters Gonna Hate.

Origin

The phrase "Fuck tha Police" was originally introduced in a gangster rap song by the group N.W.A with the 1988 release of the critically acclaimed album "Straight outta Compton." Upon its release, the song came under the media spotlight for its controversial and violent lyrics about maiming and killing police officers.



Throughout the 90s, N.W.A's "Fuck tha Police" was covered by a number of other well-known hip hop artists and the expression gradually came to represent the tension between the law enforcement and urban area residents fueled by accusations of racial profiling. The phrase also rose to prominence after it was adapted as a popular fashion statement in t-shirts worn by counterculture musicians and celebrities.

Spread

The earliest Urban Dictionary[1] definition was submitted on August 11th, 2003:

a term used by people that deal with the police and just really dont like them.

In the early 2000s, The phrase was largely reiterated through text-based comments, street graffiti art and merchandise items like bumper stickers and t-shirt slogans. In 2005, artist Dash Snow[2] put together a gallery exhibition titled "Fuck the Police," featuring 45 clippings of newspaper articles reporting on various episodes of police brutality. On September 26th, 2006, YouTuber pizzim13 uploaded a music video featuring various footage from the children's show The Muppets set to N.W.A's "Fuck Tha Police," which has been viewed over 110,000 times.



Circa early 2007, dozens of Facebook groups[3] and Interest pages surfaced under the titles like "Fuck the Police" and "Fuck tha Police." The largest Facebook group[4] associated with the phrase has over 48,000 followers as of November 2011. In 2009, single topic Tumblr Fuck the Police[5] was launched to track the latest news stories on police brutality and civil rights abuse.


SHOW US HOW MUCH YOU "LOVE" THE POLICE LIKE Like THIS PAGE AND INVITE YOUR FRIENDS FUCK THE POLICE

Frog and Toad

On September 29th, 2010, Redditor RocketRobinhood[10] posted a photo on /r/pics subreddit of Frog and Toad with the words "FUCK THE POLICE" photoshopped underneath the photo of the characters riding a tandem bicycle. Before archiving, the post received more than 790 points (87% upvoted). In the thread, Redditor TheJeffAnema[11] made mention that this and other Frog and Toad images were a commonly found on 4chan, "Ever heard of 4chan /b/? I'm pretty sure I see this picture on there every time I venture over there. edit:Ever instead of 'Every.'" Derivatives can be found on Tumblr[7], FunnyJunk[8] and 9gag.[9]


Frog and Toad with the words FUCK THE POLICE photoshopped underneath the photo of the characters riding a tandem bicycle

On May 28th, 2019, Kelsey Dawn Williamson[12] posted a picture on Facebook of her daughter wearing a Frog and Toad Fuck the Police t-shirt with the caption, "What I ordered VS what I received. I fucking love China. I cannot stop screaming. WHO DOES THIS." The post received over 62,000 likes and over 400 comments in three days (shown below, left). The next day, Twitter user @reginagorrge[13] shared the Facebook post with the caption, "Iā€™m crying at this little comrade" (shown below, right). The tweet gained over 189,000 likes and 39,000 retweets in two days.


facebook post by mother who ordered a frog and toad shirt for her daughter but got one with the caption FUCK THE POLICE tweet sharing the facebook story of the child wearing a frog and toad FUCK THE POLICE shirt

Notable Examples


FUCK THE POLICE FUCKTHE POLICE erutor.nia Fuck the Police
FUCK THE POLICE nickhotmes.tumblr.com PLEASE DO NOT SIT FUCK THA POLICE DamnLOLcom fuckyeahalbuquerque.tuubir.com FUCK DA POLICE

Search Interest

Search queries have been predominantly centered around the N.W.A song and it has remained steady over recent years.


External References

[1] Urban Dictionary ā€“ Fuck the Police

[2] Saatchi Gallery ā€“ Dash Snow ā€“ Fuck the Police

[3] Facebook Search ā€“ Results for 'Fuck Police'

[4] Facebook (via Wayback Machine) ā€“ Fukk The Police

[5] Tumblr (via Wayback Machine) ā€“ Fuck the Police

[6] DeviantART ā€“ Fuck the Police

[7] Tumblr ā€“ search for fuckthepolice

[8] FunnyJunk ā€“ fuck the police (login required)

[9] 9gag ā€“ results for fuckthepolice

[10] Reddit ā€“ Indeed, fuck 'em.

[11] Reddit ā€“ TheJeffAnema's Post

[12] Facebook ā€“ Kelsey Dawn Williamson

[13] Twitter ā€“ Reginagorrge

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