A tweet from Greater Manchester Police has gone viral, with some Twitter users seeing it as sexist.
The police force Tweeted a picture of a handbag, with the words: “What’s she hiding”. And that was it, there’s been no follow up or further explanation.
It has both riled and inspired Twitter users, with some saying it was: “sinister, offensive and sexist.” Others had a more surreal take on the image.
Prolific North spoke to Greater Manchester Police, who wouldn’t reveal any more about the campaign, just to say it was a “teaser” ahead of a press event taking place tomorrow.
Reports suggest it will form part of the force’s “girls with guns” campaign, to raise awareness around the issue of women carrying firearms.
@gmpolice ??? This tweet is sinister, offensive and sexist. Get rid of it.
— Steve Burrows (@2of) October 5, 2016
— Internot of Things (@ben_seven) October 5, 2016
— Liz (@Lizzy176) October 5, 2016
— Sallie Lou (@salwando) October 5, 2016