British Army in race storm after posting tweet of ‘blacked up’ soldier in the jungle


Social media users have called for an apology after the tweet was released

THE British Army has been accused of being racist after sharing a photograph of a soldier with a painted face.

The photograph was shared with the comment “being a #soldier in the jungle requires a robust sense of humour” – but has since been pulled after the army was hit with a barrage of criticism.

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The original tweet showing the image has since been removed from the British Army Twitter page

One social media user wrote: “Hey @BritishArmy you know the internet is forever, right? An apology/explanation still required methinks”

Another said: “@BritishArmy How did you not see this was a terrible idea? Or are OR workforce gaps starting to bite so hard you need to use a dog whistle?”

Another furious social media user wrote: “Blackface, light jacket = ineffective camouflage. Unless you’re trying to pass unnoticed among a cabal of, say, armed racists.”

People have said the tweet was condoning black face – an act which involves a person darkening their skin to portray a black person.

The army has previously been forced to back down after advertising jobs exclusively for black soldiers.

Others have joked that the army would be looking for another social media manager after the tweet.

The Sun Online has approached the British Army for comment.

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