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What they see as ‘camouflage,’ many others are calling overt racism.
Around 10am UTC today, the army tweeted a photo of a soldier in blackface with the caption, “Being a #soldier in the jungle requires a robust sense of humour.”
Screengrab via Twitter
Since there’s nothing else really happening in the photo aside from blackface, we’re not sure what’s so funny about the long legacy of mocking black people and perpetuating harmful, centuries-old stereotypes. But I guess the Ministry of Defense had a change of heart too and quickly deleted the tweet after people said they were offended.
“The content of the Tweet shows a picture of a soldier wearing camouflage and concealment measures, standard for jungle training in Belize,” an army spokesperson said, according to the Daily Mail. “We can see how the tweet may have been misinterpreted, have immediately removed it and apologise for any offence it may have caused.”
Of course, there are those calling the whole thing uptight, social justice rubbish.
Unreal that the British Army have had to apologise over people mistaking camouflage for blackface what a time to be alive
— Adam (@Fitzaaaaaay) October 19, 2016
Then there are others who have shattered the “it’s camouflage, calm down” theory.
H/T Daily Mail
Jessica Machado is the IRL editor of the Daily Dot. Previously, she was an associate editor at Rolling Stone. Her work has been published in the Washington Post, Elle, Vice, Salon, BuzzFeed, Guernica, Bitch, Bust, the Cut, the Awl, the Toast, among others.