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SilsoeSid
19th Oct 2016, 11:39
British Army under fire for 'racist' tweet that showed a soldier with black face paint (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/10/19/british-army-under-fire-for-racist-tweet-that-showed-a-soldier-w/)

British Army under fire for 'racist' tweet that showed a soldier with black face paint

The British Army has come under fire for posting an image of a soldier with a “blacked up” face on social media.

The image, published by the Army’s official Twitter account, showed a soldier wearing black face-paint as part of his camouflage in a jungle.

The tweet, which was swiftly deleted, was described as “stupid” and “racist” by outraged social media users who had saved the image.

It was captioned with the words: “Being a soldier in the jungle requires a robust sense of humour”.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/content/dam/news/2016/10/19/British_Army-large_trans++W8GK-Qgic1clTOMiwjRMLl0x-u_iRl6pENiEdvwOgVM.JPG

I don't remember any complaints about this ...

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http://0.tqn.com/d/history1900s/1/S/d/4/dday6.jpg http://www.pegasusarchive.org/normandy/Photos/Pic_Camouflage1.jpg


That's enough ladies :rolleyes:

http://eastmidlandsrfca.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Putting-on-Camouflage-Cream-ahead-of-a-field-activity.jpg

oldchina
19th Oct 2016, 11:46
Yet if he were really a black man the "outraged social media users" would be congratulating the army (or police for that matter).
p.s. why does anyone care what outraged social media users think?

SilsoeSid
19th Oct 2016, 11:53
An example of an Army at it's most diverseness.
Female South Korean front line soldiers, wearing multi racial cam cream :ok:


http://en.people.cn/mediafile/201310/30/F201310300830207173545792.jpg

Peter-RB
19th Oct 2016, 15:55
Those SK Women Soldiers are really good...I swear I cannot see em..no matter what I cannot see their heads......;)

meadowrun
19th Oct 2016, 16:32
Are face whitening creams, prevalent in so many Asian, Indian sub-continent and African countries - racist?

pattern_is_full
19th Oct 2016, 16:34
Hey, Peter - of course it's good. It was a British idea!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dazzle_camouflage

On the more serious original subject - I expect "silly" charges of racism will become a thing of the past the instant that there is no disparity between skin colors in distribution of power and money and other things of value in society. Work for it.

DirtyProp
19th Oct 2016, 19:22
"Outraged social media users...."
More like social media morons with too much free time I say.

Seldomfitforpurpose
19th Oct 2016, 19:37
What annoys me the most is the bloody Army apologised!

Camo of that sort is used all the time and will continue to be used so what the hell is there to apologise for?

Should of just explained it for what it is and tell the keyboard warriors to swivel.

parabellum
20th Oct 2016, 01:07
Those SK women soldiers are all parachutists too, probably don't spend much time worrying about equality of the sexes!

sitigeltfel
20th Oct 2016, 05:28
Do dark skinned soldiers "white up" in snowy conditions?

TWT
20th Oct 2016, 05:43
Nah,they just wear white ski masks :)

Tankertrashnav
20th Oct 2016, 09:31
Going to be a bit boring here, but that soldier has done a rubbish job of camouflaging himself, which obviously wasn't the intention. The whole point of camo is to break up the outline with irregular streaks, not to make yourself look like something out of The Black and White Minstrel Show.

GearDown&Locked
20th Oct 2016, 09:35
Are dark skinned soldiers forced to wear dark camo too?

Stanwell
20th Oct 2016, 10:59
Quite agree, TTN.
Some dudes are very obviously lacking a capable instructor and/or field experience.
I also liked the pic of the girls sitting around deciding on which patterns and colours would best complement their complexions.

SilsoeSid
20th Oct 2016, 11:29
ttn: Going to be a bit boring here, but that soldier has done a rubbish job of camouflaging himself, which obviously wasn't the intention. The whole point of camo is to break up the outline with irregular streaks, not to make yourself look like something out of The Black and White Minstrel Show.stw: Some dudes are very obviously lacking a capable instructor and/or field experience.

Stanwell, do you mean the sort of instructor or experience telling you that in the jungle you tend to sweat a lot :rolleyes::ugh:

NutLoose
20th Oct 2016, 11:30
This should be reported too

http://www.milb.com/assets/images/4/2/6/89753426/cuts/ronaldmcdonald_story_fop3pb99_qchx0ed4.jpg

Stanwell
20th Oct 2016, 11:39
Yes, Sid.
Some people might remember a James Bond film (Goldfinger?) where, after having seen it, a couple of silly girls tried to
emulate the lady completely covered in gold paint.
Health authorities subsequently had to issue a warning along the lines of:
"Do not try this at home, folks".

Wetstart Dryrun
20th Oct 2016, 11:43
Many years ago I went playing with the army on a night ex. Our section leader was black. He was amused by our blacking up - 'I don't need that stuff'.

We were even more amused, crossing a frozen bog, when he told us that 'All you gotta do is step light'. With that, he broke through the ice with a crash and shout. Cue the flares, blanks etc..

SilsoeSid
20th Oct 2016, 14:50
Nicely led Stanwell, onto Live and Let Die and the racist make up there ...

http://www.radiotimes.com/uploads/images/Original/78835.jpg

uffington sb
20th Oct 2016, 18:33
That black looks more dark green to me.

SilsoeSid
20th Oct 2016, 20:37
In that case it's Hulkism :=

ricardian
20th Oct 2016, 21:47
I have very poor colour vision. In hospital the chap across the ward from me had yellow jaundice - I just thought he had a good sun tan.

G-CPTN
21st Oct 2016, 00:44
I have very poor colour vision. In hospital the chap across the ward from me had yellow jaundice - I just thought he had a good sun tan.
Have you got a colour licence?

WhatsaLizad?
21st Oct 2016, 03:44
I have one in the states.
Not sure why it's missing a "u".
Bad spelling ancestors apparently got tired of harassment and left. ')

Krystal n chips
21st Oct 2016, 06:50
" Recollect, even as stude, thinking that a few little dayglo bars on our JPs weren't going to do much for hi-vis "

Quite....bit like painting all the steps and other sundry bits of ground equip. that "fetching" shade of green...... when located in hangars and workshops.

Tankertrashnav
21st Oct 2016, 09:28
You mean "eau de nil"? I used to imagine that there must be an MU somewhere with large storage tanks full of the stuff. Seemed to get used everywhere.

ShyTorque
21st Oct 2016, 10:43
One "professional climber" of a squadron boss (RAFG in the 1980s) made us "cam up" during field deployed exercises, presumably thinking it would impress the Army and obviously further his career.

The Army thought it quite bizarre and hilarious. Not surprisingly, because we looked total muppets. We were sitting in the cockpits of our seven tonne helicopters with anti-collision lights and strobes.

Which reminds me, one of our crewmen was of African descent (and a jolly good chap he was, too). He complained when "golliwogs" were banned from sale, saying that only having white faced dolls on sale for his daughter was more racist as far as he was concerned. A case of unintended consequences, I'd suggest.

Rush2112
21st Oct 2016, 11:07
Back in the dim and distant, cam cream was sticks of either brown or green and smeared across the shiny bits of the face. I don't ever recall painting my whole face with the stuff.

cavortingcheetah
21st Oct 2016, 17:09
Surely it's only racist if it's a black cover up?