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Air Force deletes horribly offensive ‘Yanny vs. Laurel’ tweet

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David Covucci

Internet Culture

Posted on May 17, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 3:33 pm CDT

The entire internet was wrapped up yesterday in the now famous “Yanny vs. Laurel” debate, and though the Air Force couldn’t pause its bombing campaign in Afghanistan because of it, that didn’t mean it didn’t want to get in on the “fun.”

In a now-deleted tweet, the Air Force joked that anyone on the ground in Farah, Afghanistan, couldn’t hear Yanny or Laurel because all they could hear were the roar of U.S. bombs.

Ha ha get it?

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The linked article discussed how A-10 Warthogs were brought in to help repel a Taliban attack.

The A-10s conducted shows-of-force, while MQ-9 Reapers struck multiple targets. Afghan A-29 light-attack aircraft and Mi-17 helicopters “conducted the majority of strikes,” Army Lt. Col. Martin O’Donnell, a U.S. forces in Afghanistan spokesman, told Military Times.

The tweet has thankfully been deleted because, naturally, using a meme to kid about killing people didn’t go over great online.

As the outrage grew, the Air Force issued this apology.

It’s not that hard. Memes are funny. Brands using memes are less funny. Brands using memes to talk about killing, the least funny.

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*First Published: May 17, 2018, 2:10 pm CDT