cops/donuts meme (UNCLASSIFIED)

Mullins, Bill AMRDEC Bill.Mullins at US.ARMY.MIL
Mon May 14 22:00:18 UTC 2007

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> That may be, but my sense is that the donut-eating stereotype
> didn't reach critical mass in pop culture until the '80s --
> perhaps first catching on in California. Looking for musical
> references, I find that the San Francisco punk group
> Pop-O-Pies had a 1983 song called "Fascists Eat Donuts"
> ("Make those donuts with extra grease, This batch is for the
> chief of police"). Another Bay Area punk band, NOFX, released
> a song in 1985 called "Cops and Donuts," with lyrics about
> getting pulled over on the freeway and avoiding arrest by
> feeding the cop donuts ("Cops love donuts"). A bit more
> benignly, the L.A. group The Bangles sang, "If you want to
> find all the cops, They're hanging out in the donut shop" in
> their 1986 hit, "Walk Like an Egyptian."
> On IMDb one can find cop-donut jokes in movies from about
> 1987 onwards. "Raising Arizona" (1987) has the line, "You
> want to find an outlaw, hire an outlaw. You want to find a
> Dunkin' Donuts, call a cop." "Stakeout" (1987) and "Die Hard"
> (1988) also support the notion that cops subsist on a donut diet.

The Hill Street Blues episode "Bangladesh Slowly" (November 1, 1984) had

a sequence about a TV news reporter following Andy Renko around
various donut shops during the day, making him look bad.
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