Best of Boston

2024 Best Viral Moment

“Cop Slide”

Comedian John Oliver declared this August 2023 viral video “the single best movie of the summer,” and what a groundbreaking work of gonzo filmmaking it was. Seven seconds of an on-duty Boston police officer shooting out of a tube slide like a potato from an exhaust pipe, “Cop Slide” yielded tens of millions of TikTok views, inspired Halloween costumes (and FOIAs), and transformed the City Hall Plaza playground into a tourist attraction. Not your average enforcement beat, but one with way more weeeee!