North Devon council has been forced to apologise after it was accused of undermining the Black Lives Matter movement with a anti-dog fouling campaign.*blinks*
Posters had been spotted around the North Devon area with the slogan 'Dog Fouling Matters' as part of a campaign to encourage owners to clean up after their dogs. The council defended its actions, claiming that the slogan had been invented 18 months ago, but the posters have been taken down as a result of complaints.Of course they have. Because 'immediate and unconditional surrender' is the first move in the playbook when an Internet Karen starts squawking.
First move? No, actually, it's the only move these days...
North Devon resident Yasmin Beck said: 'Unfortunately your slogan "Dog fouling matters" uses a satirical play on words which undermines the Black Lives Matter movement.'Not as much as they themselves are undermining it, sweetie.
'This poster gives a feel of pointing a laughing finger at the many people driving forwards for positive change. Take them down and loudly show your support.
'Let's get North Devon Council behind this movement, rather than looking as though they're snickering at it.'What should be the response to such high-handed, arrogant and ignorant demands? It surely shouldn't be this:
A council spokesperson responded: 'North Devon Council recognises the importance of the Black Lives Matter campaign and fully supports the movement.
'We hope that the complainant will understand that there was never any intention to cause offence, and we are happy to take feedback from the public on board, so will remove these posters and raise this with the relevant team to consider for any future campaigns.'And now you've made it even harder for other councils to stand up to these professional agitators.