Tweet on bombing backfires

WASHINGTON—The Pentagon has scrapped the Twitter account of an agency that counters homemade explosives after it posted joking comments about a bombing in the Philippines, officials said Friday.

After explosions at two movie theaters in Davao City in the southern Philippines, a staff member at the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Organization (Jieddo) wrote in a tweet Wednesday that perhaps the cinemas were showing the film “Gigli,” a 2003 romantic comedy starring Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez that flopped at the box office.

“Were they reshowing Gigli? Bomb explosions occur at 2 movie theaters in the Philippines… the IED is a global threat,” said the post.

When the posting sparked critical reaction online, the agency tried to make another joke along the same lines. “Bad ppl doing bad thing didn’t warrant bad movie reference. Will punish #socialmedia rep by forcing 2 watch Gigli,” the agency wrote on its Twitter account.

After more negative reaction on Twitter, Jieddo issued an apology. “Tweet was in poor taste. We apologize.”

Pentagon press secretary George Little then promptly announced in a tweet that he had ordered the suspension of the Jieddo Twitter account “following inappropriate and offensive tweets.”

“Plainly unacceptable,” he wrote.

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  • ynigooctaviano

    I have better things to do – Gigli/Gigle Insensitive to US taxpayers. ;(

  • marienkind

    How insensitive. Gigli is no laughing matter.

  • boboposter

    Nagbasa ba yung mga taong nagco-comment sa baba? Hindi naman yung mga Amerikano ang nagreklamo eh… mga Pinoy! Pinoy ang oversensitive mga d0uche!!!

    • Siri

      err no. Pinoys did not hear of this tweet until it got into news that the account got scrapped due to the joke.

      dapat siguro ikaw ang magbasa.

      • boboposter

        Baka ikaw hindi HAHAHAHA! Pwedeng tumabi ka muna kasi alam namin nangyayare dito hahaha

      • Siri

        can’t fix stupid. that’s your chosen nick right?

      • boboposter

        Can’t fix feeling smart? Feeling lang kasi??? WAHAHAHAHA!

  • Ornbort

    americans are weird. seriously. they want to ban a star wars lego set that resembles a minaret and they have strange ideas about how to deal with humor. anyway we’re pretty weird too. so patas lang. both nations hate Gigli so there’s that at least…

  • User Guest

    for an overly sensitive country, they sure have killed a lot through nukes, chemical weapons, drones, carpet bombings, assassinations, and other inhuman ways … higop !

  • calipso_2100

    If it was offensive, it was towards the film not about the bombing in Davao. The US is an overly sensitive country. Even things as mundane as this are dealt with “seriously”.

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