Twitter and Facebook Users Fooled By Onion’s Gay ‘Stop and Kiss’ Parody
"A number of people on social media mistook a news parody of New York City’s controversial “Stop and Frisk” program as real.
The Onion satirized New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s policing policy in a video report released on Tuesday.
Over images of NYC police officers padding down male suspects and giving them a gentle kiss, Newsroom anchor Rachel Cole reported: “A policing procedure in New York continues to draw controversy this week as thousands took to the streets to protest the NYPD’s Stop and Kiss program. The policy, which allows officers to kiss anyone who they think looks suspicious, has been the subject of criticism from those who say it’s a violation of privacy and a potential breach of constitutional rights.”