Written by by Ivanka Nazarian, for CNN
Colorado police sparked a Twitter campaign by announcing they would be removing the Santa Claus from any neighborhood crime situation, after residents complained that the beloved festive character in the local movie ‘ Christmas Vacation ‘ was increasingly posing a threat to their personal safety.
Police tweeted out Santa Claus was “back on his normal assignment … collect tax payer dollars for overreaching municipal agencies.”
Some, including comedian Lisa Lampanelli, were angry about what she saw as a false comparison and backlash almost immediately ensued.
“That Santa is now a legitimate threat to your family! #JesusBeBlessed”
In another tweet, the officer who made the initial announcement revealed to his Twitter followers that Santa’s travels are “always changing.”
“Earlier today, I shared an update for Santas: https://t.co/aIQ6FRokEg #copsofcolorado,” the officer said.
Other, more succinctly-worded photos of Santa, posted by other police departments around the world soon captured imaginations of many.
Many comparing him to police officers patrolling the streets.
“Santa is nothing like the more accurate and current name… ‘@PDDenver Santa’. #copsofcolorado”
Another, shared by the Camden (UK) Metropolitan Police, showed the East Coast Santa in the “Town of Kenilworth,” a town on the banks of the River Rive in southern France.
“Regarding the current issue with Santa and firearms in this post: Santa is a non-toxic, compostable sugar cane fiber waste bag living in the heart of Asia Minor (Isreal), w/ what seems to be a very trusting human. #copsofcolorado”
Some cops even compared Santa to their own fathers.
“I understand how hard it is to watch family members go through a career that involves a lot of killing. But my dad was Santa too, and if you’re going to kill a man in the name of your child, you might as well… #copsofcolorado”
Although Santa has appeared at many holiday celebrations, it seems his inclusion in the nation’s gun laws continues to be at the heart of issues surrounding his position as a tourist attraction.