The British Army sparked harsh criticism Wednesday after it tweeted an image of a soldier who seemed to don blackface paint.
Minutes after the photo landed online, users flocked to their accounts to criticize it as racist because a white soldier appeared in blackface.
“Being a soldier in the jungle requires a robust sense of humor,” the caption read.
Many expressed their disapproval over the post. Bl*ge felt unsurprised by the message but still called out the blackface imagery.
i hate the army and everyone in it
the whole british army twitter just tweeted out a racist joke with blackface… like im not surprised but still…
@NaturallyTiss pointed out her family members in the army and said she had “never seen this sort of ‘humor’ from them.”
@BritishArmy funny… Two cousins and two uncles in the forces & I’ve never seen this sort of ‘humour’ from them
RTJ called the camouflage method “ineffective” unless the group is attempting to go unrecognized by “armed racists.”
.@BritishArmy Blackface, light jacket = ineffective camouflage. Unless you’re trying to pass unnoticed among a cabal of, say, armed racists.
Still, some defended the image.
Mike Weverly said the war paint is not black but green.
@adambanksdotcom@TerryGlotfelty@rtjpoet@BritishArmy It’s not black, it’s different shades of green.
— Mike Weverly (@MikeWeverly) October 19, 2016
CantFinesseMeAgain thought anyone offended by the image was “overdoing it.”
wait.. people were offended because @britisharmy tweeted a photo of a soldier with black paint on his face? lool some of u are overdoing it
@massonboy said anyone who believes camouflage is racist should “wear a hi-vis jacket next time you’re being shot at.” The reflective outerwear features a bright yellow hue.