The U.S. State Department is under fire for what some say is a tweet that suggested Americans are not as good looking as they may think they are.
The purpose of the tweet, which has since been deleted, was to warn Americans traveling abroad and read “Not a ‘10’ in the U.S.? Then not a ‘10’ overseas. Beware of being lured into buying expensive drinks or worse — being robbed.”
Twitter predictably erupted with criticism, comedy and parody, and the State Department apologized, saying the tweet was just a warning to avoid “overseas scam artists.”
State Dept. travel advisories being ghostwritten by college sophomore with popped collar https://t.co/Gco7s4n28w— Leandro Oliva (@lmoliva_) March 30, 2016
Some have been offended by our earlier tweet and we apologize that it came off negatively 1/2— Travel - State Dept (@TravelGov) March 30, 2016
We see many Americans fall victim to scams each year & want all to be careful while traveling 2/2— Travel - State Dept (@TravelGov) March 30, 2016