26 Aug 2014

British Embassy Commemorates the Burning of the White House on Twitter

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The British Embassy in Washington commemorated the recent 200th Anniversary of the Burning of Washington by tweeting a photo of a cake in the form of the White House with the witty message:

Commemorating the 200th anniversary of burning the White House. Only sparklers this time!

Some Americans were appropriately amused, like Joanna Tompkins who awarded a: hat tip for the sheer ballsiness of this post!

But there are sufficient numbers of the pious and easily-offended out there that, before very long, the Brits were issuing an apology. At least, they did not remove the original tweet, though.

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It’s time again. Perhaps every 200 years or so.


I don’t think it’s funny. It’s coming from the UK Embassy in Washington, an official, diplomatic branch of the UK government. 31 deaths are attributed to the fire. Should we jokingly celebrate the bombing of London? Ha, ha, what a hoot.


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