The British Army’s been accused of racism after sharing an offensive tweet of a soldier with his face blacked up.
The photo which has been accused of condoning black face shows a British soldier in the woods pulling a silly face and was captioned ‘being a #soldier in the jungle requires a robust sense of humour’.
The army have since deleted the tweet but now social media users are demanding that they apologise for the photo and criticising the choice to post it, The Sun reports.
Nice of the British Army to give me a quick reminder some people don't understand how blackface is offensive. Just before Halloween too.
— Carl Anka (@Ankaman616) October 19, 2016
— Samta 🎉❄️⛄️🎄🎁🎉 و (@SamAmbreen_) October 19, 2016
— Claire Phipps (@Claire_Phipps) October 19, 2016
— joe (@goulcher) October 19, 2016
the whole british army twitter just tweeted out a racist joke with blackface… like im not surprised but still…Advertisement
— rip space mum (@THECAROLDANVERS) October 19, 2016
.@BritishArmy Blackface, light jacket = ineffective camouflage. Unless you're trying to pass unnoticed among a cabal of, say, armed racists.
— RTJ (@rtjpoet) October 19, 2016
Others however have defended the army…
— Charles D (@Michael_Jacksyn) October 19, 2016
— DRAM (@massonboy) October 19, 2016
Meanwhile Soldier On!, a charity that helps soldiers with career transition and employment when they leave the services, questioned the controversy saying: “Blacked up? Or wearing cam cream and taken out of context?”
While I doubt the British Army intended to be racist with this post It does demonstrate a rather shocking lack of foresight on their part.
Seriously as a general rule if it’s something that Roy Chubby Brown would find funny the rule of thumb is don’t do it.