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In the week since the death of George Floyd, who died after a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for nearly 9 minutes, protests continue to spread across the country. Many people, brands, and popular influencer accounts are using social media to publicly condemn racism and police brutality, and among them lies a somewhat surprising furry ally: Marnie The Dog’s sister, Phyllis.
Marnie, the beloved internet-famous Shih Tzu, died back in March, but her owner Shirley Braha vowed to keep the dog’s social accounts up and running. Now, Braha posts updates about Marnie’s sister, a senior rescue named Phyllis, who apparently really does not like the cops.
On Tuesday, Phyllis’ account changed its display name to “marnie the dog (sister phyllis) ACAB” (All Cops Are Bastards) and posted a photo with the caption,”Breaking curfew don’t tell the pigs.” On Instagram, Phyllis’ post also included the hashtag, #dogsagainstfascism. Pig is a derogatory name for law enforcement.
It was somewhat surprising for fans of Marnie — who was known for adorable, silly, and generally very peaceful posts — to see Phyllis’ human use the platform to take such a blunt, anti-cop stance. But it doesn’t look like Braha regrets the social strategy one bit.
On Tuesday when a Twitter user replied to the photo of Phyllis saying, “That is not language befitting a celebrity dog Marnie,” Braha tweeted, “Oh sorry I meant fuck the police.”
Though the’ bold statements appear to have made several loyal followers of Marnie’s handle uncomfortable, many people are praising Braha (and Phyllis) for using the large platforms to speak out against injustice. Even the popular @dog_rates account offered some high praise. (The Marnie accounts currently have 1.8 million Instagram followers and more than 115,000 Twitter followers.)
queen. marnie would be so proud
— WeRateDogs® (@dog_rates) June 2, 2020
On Tuesday night, Braha posted a second photo of the pup out on the street in front of armed forces, alongside the caption, “The militia took over my town howbowdat.”
It’s unclear if Phyllis’ accounts will continue sharing police-focused updates as protests proceed, but Mashable reached out to Braha for comment and will update this article when we hear back.