In the words of The Smiths, “that joke isn’t funny anymore.”
That seemed to be the reaction of the office of Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry Tuesday to the latest tweet from @jaxmayorcurry, a parody account of the current chief executive.
“The mayor uses and relies on social media for information,” said City of Jacksonville Director of Public Affairs Marsha Oliver.
“With that, he recognizes that some information may be educational, informative and for entertainment — which includes parody accounts. However, threats of public safety are never funny. Social media followers should never be put in a position where they are presented with false and misleading statements as included in a recent post from a parody account,” Oliver added.
Unwary journalists have fallen for the seemingly obvious ruse of the counterfeit Curry in recent months, and until the advent of Hurricane Matthew, it seemed the attitude of the mayor’s office was “no harm, no foul.”
That time seems to have ended.
The previous mayor, Alvin Brown, also had a parody account, @jaxmayorbrown.
As with the Curry caricature, the Brown pastiche lampooned the public persona of the chief executive.
One can expect the Curry parody account to have some reaction to the mayor’s office drawing a distinction between the parodic doppleganger and the real thing.
For those interested in connecting with the city of Jacksonville via social media, a complete list of accounts follows:
Mayor Lenny Curry (@LennyCurry) https://twitter.com/lennycurry
City of Jacksonville (@CityOfJax) https://twitter.com/cityofjax
JaxReady (@JaxReady) https://twitter.com/jaxready
City of Jacksonville https://www.facebook.com/CityofJax
Ciudad de Jacksonville (en Español) https://www.facebook.com/CiudaddeJacksonville
City of Jacksonville https://www.youtube.com/c/cityofjacksonville
City of Jacksonville https://www.linkedin.com/company/city-of-jacksonville
City of Jacksonville (@CityOfJax) https://www.instagram.com/cityofjax/