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Australian bushranger Ned Kelly is making headlines for the wrong reasons this week after internet sleuths uncovered a series of anti-police tweets the outlaw made back in 1875.

Known around the country as the inspiration for woeful tattoos, rear window stickers, and political careers, Kelly enjoys status as a folk hero which may or may not be due to the fact the Australian film industry cranks out a biopic whenever there’s nothing else on.

However, Ned is under heavy fire for the first time since Glenrowan after his controversial anti-police tweets from nearly 150 years ago were discovered.

In one of the anti-police tweets Kelly stated ‘FuK [sic] the Police’ and ‘ACAB (all cops are bastards) til death’ with several pig emojis which were a new edition to tweets at the time.

At the time of writing there has been no formal statement from Kelly’s PR team which is primarily made up of the type of volunteers who might throw a chair at you if you mention that Kelly killed police officers as well.

It is unclear at this point whether or not Kelly’s controversial tweets he made as a 20 year old will affect any future book or movie deals of which there are dozens in the works respectively.



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