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British Army Under Fire For Tweeting Blackface Image Deemed Racist, Explained As Camouflage!

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.

British Army Twitter screenshot
British Army Twitter screenshot

Many expressed their disapproval over the post. Bl*ge felt unsurprised by the message but still called out the blackface imagery.

bl*ge @THECAROLDANVERS

i hate the army and everyone in it

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bl*ge @THECAROLDANVERS

the whole british army twitter just tweeted out a racist joke with blackface… like im not surprised but still…

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@NaturallyTiss pointed out her family members in the army and said she had “never seen this sort of ‘humor’ from them.”

@NaturallyTiss

@BritishArmy funny… Two cousins and two uncles in the forces & I’ve never seen this sort of ‘humour’ from them 🤔

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RTJ called the camouflage method “ineffective” unless the group is attempting to go unrecognized by “armed racists.”

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RTJ @rtjpoet

.@BritishArmy Blackface, light jacket = ineffective camouflage. Unless you’re trying to pass unnoticed among a cabal of, say, armed racists.

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Still, some defended the image.

Mike Weverly said the war paint is not black but green.

CantFinesseMeAgain thought anyone offended by the image was “overdoing it.”

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CantFinesseMeAgain @yobinomb

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

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@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.

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