Atlanta Police Apologize for Tweet About Beyonce and Gunfire
After the singer's record-breaking Instagram announcement that she's pregnant with twins, the police department tweeted a warning against "celebratory gunfire."
Atlanta police admit they backfired with a tweet urging people not to celebrate Beyonce's pregnancy with celebratory gunfire.
Following the singer's announcement Wednesday that she's pregnant with twins, the department tweeted, "Beyonce may have everyone wanting to celebrate her pregnancy, but remember no celebratory gunfire! Stay safe, Atlanta!"
Police spokesman Sgt. Warren Pickard told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that some people found the tweet funny, while others were offended.
The department soon deleted the tweet and sent out another apologizing for the "inappropriate" previous tweet.
We understand that the #Beyoncé Twitter post was inappropriate and for that we apologize.— Atlanta Police Dept (@Atlanta_Police) February 1, 2017
Pickard said the decision was made to take the tweet down "because it doesn't focus on what we do every day as a public safety department."
"We wanted to somehow add comedic relief to the things going on around the world, and we missed the mark," said Pickard.
Beyonce's announcement post ended up breaking the Instagram record for most likes (the current tally is at over 9 million), which might explain why the Atlanta Police and others, like the Denny's restaurant chain, attempted to insert themselves into the social conversation.
Denny's also saw backlash over the below tweet.
wow, bey has TWO buns in the oven! that’s just an expression by the way. please don’t eat those buns. they are babies.— Denny's (@DennysDiner) February 1, 2017