The US Department of State has a Twitter account (@TravelGov) where it shares all sorts of travel-related information.
They tweet about passport information, travel tips, travel safety and more. When it comes to safety, its probably best that they refrain from trying to be witty or funny in the future.
Yesterday the State Department sent out tweets related to Spring Break with the hashtag #springbreakbadly.
Here are a couple of useful tweets:
- If u are ill or injured abroad, US embassy can help u find medical service & tell your family/ friends.
- If you are traveling overseas and notice an ongoing demonstration, don’t join in!
- Apply early for your passport so you don’t miss your spring break trip!
- Make sure your passport has at least 6 months validity left! Some countries will turn you around if not.
I think you get the idea…
They also tried to be funny but it didn’t go so well….
@TravelGov tweeted “Not a “10” in the US? Then not a 10 overseas. Beware of being lured into buying expensive drinks or worse- being robbed. #springbreakbadly”
Many took offense to the tweet finding it to be sexist or that it implied that unattractive Americans are easy targets for con-artists. (Do better-looking people not get scammed too?)
In the end the State Department deleted the offensive tweet and apologized.
I don’t know about you, but I found the tweet to be funny in some ways and don’t really think it was the intention to offend. However, they definitely could’ve came up with a better way to get their message across.
What do you think about the US State Department’s tweet? Offensive or funny?