The Los Angeles and New York police departments are poking some fun at their perceived rivalry and wading into the hotly contested debate: Is “Die Hard” a Christmas movie?
It began Monday when the NYPD tweeted it had been working with its Los Angeles counterpart “to protect Christmas since Hans Gruber’s 1988 attack on Nakatomi Plaza.” It included the hashtag “YesItsAChristmasMovie.”
The debate over whether the Bruce Willis blockbuster is a Christmas movie has emerged in recent years.
Set on Christmas Eve, the movie follows NYPD Det. John McClane as he single-handedly stops a group of terrorists led by Gruber (Alan Rickman) in Los Angeles.
Not to be outdone, LAPD tweeted back that the New York Police Department would always be welcome to follow McClane “and come to the (better) coast. Yippie Ki Yay.”
On this Christmas Eve, we too would like to acknowledge our partners at @NYPDnews for their continued partnership-they’ll always be more than welcome to follow in McClane’s footsteps & come to the (better) coast & have a party. Yippie Ki Yay & ho ho ho. #YesItsAChristmasMovie pic.twitter.com/yAKpZK7eIa— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) December 24, 2018