THE army apologised yesterday for tweeting a picture of a soldier in the jungle that Twitter users claimed was “racist” — before it was swiftly deleted.
The post showed a soldier wearing dark camouflage paint that critics said looked like an attempt at “blackface.”
Next to the picture of the soldier — who was pulling an exaggerated facial expression at the camera — it read: “Being a soldier in the jungle requires a robust sense of humour.”
The post was deleted but did not escape criticism from Twitter users who took screenshots of the “inappropriate” tweet.
Others jumped to the defence of the British Army to suggest it was green camouflage paint and that people were “looking for racism/hate crimes where none exist.”
An army spokesman said: “The content of the tweet shows a picture of a soldier wearing camouflage and concealment measures, standard for jungle training in Belize.
“We can see how the tweet may have been misinterpreted, have immediately removed it and apologise for any offence it may have caused.”