The British Embassy in Washington, DC is apologizing following a social media blunder over the weekend.
The Embassy tweeted out a photo of a cake featuring a tiny reproduction of the White House, complete with both British and American flags and surrounded by lit sparklers. The tweet read: "Commemorating the 200th anniversary of burning the White House. Only sparklers this time!"
As you may imagine, many Americans did not find the tweet amusing and thus they felt the need to issue the following apology about three hours later:
Some of the responses the tweet immediately garnered included: "WWHHAATT??? Is this suppose to be funny?" "I think this is in extremely POOR TASTE," "This means war," and "Good to know the US isn't the only country with a mentally deficient diplomatic corps that doesn't know how to tweet."
The tweet refers to August 24, 1814 when British troops set fire to the White House during the war of 1812 in retaliation for the American attack on the city of York in Ontario, Canada. President James Madison and first lady Dolley Madison escaped unharmed, but the White House was ransacked before the fire was set.
Today, the United Kingdom and the United States enjoy what many coin a "special relationship." The phrase was coined to describe the close political, diplomatic, cultural, economic, military and historical relations between the two countries.
So what do you think? Was the tweet composed in poor taste or should it be written off as a harmless joke?