Grimes and Misdemeanors

The humor in a parody post on Facebook was lost on many who don't watch a popular zombie-themed television series.


On 24 December 2015, the above-reproduced text was published to the Facebook group "MCM [Movie Comic Media] EXPO GROUP." It held that two police officers from Georgia were responsible for a multitude of crimes, including the deaths of more than 250 civilians.

While the post, and its accompanying image, were recognizable to many social media users in the United States as a description of the zombie-themed television and graphic novel series The Walking Dead, its appearance in a European group led to some confusion among users unfamiliar with the show. The post was shared tens of thousands of times, and comments included the following:

Demented and evil America. Where murderers in the police and other forces are decorated. And celebrated by US government and politicians.

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I swear the guy on the right is from love actually x

As a matter of fact, Andrew Lincoln, the British actor who plays one of main characters in The Walking Dead, did indeed have a role in the movie Love Actually.

While the 24 December 2015 iteration was the most prolific, it wasn't the first. On 19 December 2015, a slightly different version appeared:

When is the violence going to stop people? These two officers in Georgia have killed over 250 people in the line of...

Posted by Dean Johnson on Saturday, December 19, 2015

As predicted by a prescient commenter on that post, we began receiving steady e-mails about the claims shortly after the 24 December 2015 iteration appeared. While most appeared to have shared the post as a joke, many were genuinely concerned about the two murderous cops and their increasing body count in a fictional, post-apocalyptic Georgia.

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