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Brickbat: Stealing a Kiss

MistletoeLisa F. Young / DreamstimeThe Police Service of Northern Ireland has deleted a tweet that warned people that kissing someone under the mistletoe without consent is rape, but not before that tweet was widely shared, and mocked. Officials said the tweet was taken out of context.

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    While the offence of sexual assault involves intentionally sexually touching another without consent and without reasonably believing the other consents, rape must involve penetration with a penis.

    PSNI later appeared to defend the thrust of its earlier message

    I see what they did there.

  • Eidde||

    PSNI - Penis-sticking Northern Irish?

  • Rich||

    Yep, they were Dublin down.

  • Radioactive||

    never take your tweet out of context until it's damage has been done...

  • Eidde||

    The downside of the Easter Accords ending the Troubles is that it left Northern Ireland cops with free time to deal with mistletoe rape.

  • Eidde||

    Quick, before I get bored and quit:

    "Hey, there, baby, wanna see my shillelagh?"

    "Wanna kiss my blarney stone?"

    "There's no sham about my shamrock."

    "Nobody ever confuses me with a leprechaun."

    "Brace yourself, Bridget!"

  • Inigo Montoya||

    You shame us all, Seamus.

  • Radioactive||

    Irish this shit would cease...

  • Eidde||

    OK, I feel a bit guilty about that last one, so on a more serious note, here is The Lament for Limerick, which is like a country music song, only sadder.

  • Rich||

    "when you are out socialising over the Christmas period, please remember without consent it is rape."

    So, crashing a party is rape.

  • Telcontar the Wanderer||

    "Officials said the tweet was taken out of context."

    Yep, they did, indeed, take it out of the place the cunt X'ed it from.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    More like hashtag #SeasonsGropings, am I right?

  • Dead inside||

    "Taken out of context" equals "The check is in the mail"
    Notice that after saying that buffer there is NEVER an attempt to put the statement into the intended context.

  • Jerryskids||

    Kissing someone under the mistletoe may be innocent enough but kissing them under the bush is right out.

  • Rebel Scum||

    kissing someone under the mistletoe without consent is rape

    Yea, let's keep diluting the meaning of words.

    Officials said the tweet was taken out of context.

    Oliver Cromwell said the same thing about his conquest.

  • Enjoy Every Sandwich||

    In Progressive World even thinking about sex is "rape".

  • Rich||

    A la Jimmy Carter.

  • Conchfritters||

    Peanut farmer #metoo?

  • Longtobefree||

    Out of context, maybe; but more likely just ahead of its time.

  • Old Mexican's Speedos||

    Officials said the tweet was taken out of context.

    In the same manner a toxic waste spill can be taken out of context, I suppose...

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    More like Mister Toe the Line, am I right?

  • Bra Ket||

    What they meant to say is: kissing someone under the mistletoe without consent may get you accused of sexual assault causing the immediate destruction of your career and reputation.

    Very important public safety message.

  • Stormy Dragon||

    Officials said the tweet was taken out of context.

    If you're saying something that would look bad taken out of context, don't say it on Twitter, because the basic function of the platform is to present individual tweets to third parties with absolutely no context.

  • markm23||

    The Irish police easily get confused about rape because they've never even gotten to 1st base.


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