Who Really Gives A Sh*t About The Air Force’s Dumb A-10 Tweet?
Sometimes, Twitter can be great; most of the time, it sucks.
Case in point: the idiotic non-scandal today over a cheeky attempt by some Air Force PAO to piggyback on the latest hot online trend… the so-called #YannyVsLaurel debate over — you know what? I don’t care and neither should you.
I didn’t laugh, but I also didn’t get that offended that the Air Force might use a mind-numbingly stupid internet trend to call the wrong kind of attention to its operations abroad. Mostly just I thought Wow, the Air Force is having a really epic ‘How do you do, fellow kids?’ moment.
I mean, it’s clearly in bad taste, and probably not ideal in terms of information ops. “Don’t get me wrong, I post about killing terrorists and tout the A-10 every chance I get,” as one Air Force vet told me, “but when you cross into joking about death on the battlefield to try and be hip to the current social media joke, it weakens our force and how we are seen.”
No, they’re right to remove it. Our nation’s Air Force communications shouldn’t be writing cutesy tweets about internet memes spliced in with talk of death of an enemy. @usairforce made the right call. Somethings just don’t mix.
— Christian La Mont (@OfficialCLM) May 17, 2018
It was beyond poor taste. The hyping of killing people as a public affairs official stance isn’t what defending the Constitution is about.
— McFarland (@desertjumpboots) May 17, 2018
The Air Force deleted its initial tweet after a few hours and issued an apology acknowledging that the message was, in fact, in “poor taste.” But the internet decided to collectively dunk on this tone-deaf tweet with performative hand-wringing about violence and such.
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