Traveling While Unattractive? The State Department Is Here To Help.
We’ll give the State Departmen’s Bureau of Consular Affairs and E for effort on this one.
The official Twitter account for the bureau, in an attempt to help American spring breakers stay safe while traveling overseas, has been posting a series of Tweets under the hashtag #springbreakingbadly. A few examples of this appear below, offering the kind of neighborly advice that could help keep your spring break abroad from turning into a nightmare.
Somebody offered you a free trip abroad, but the free luggage they offered is lined with cocaine. Beware of these scams #springbreakingbadly— Travel - State Dept (@TravelGov) March 29, 2016
If someone asks you to take a package overseas, dont do it. Foreign jail is not where you want to spend spring break. #springbreakingbadly— Travel - State Dept (@TravelGov) March 29, 2016
But as happens when official government social media accounts skew too far in to #fellowkids territory, things quickly got awkward when the account posted the following, since deleted:
"Not a ‘10’ in the US? Then not a 10 overseas. Beware of being lured into buying expensive drinks or worse – being robbed,"
While we appreciate the State Department’s efforts to look out for the nation’s many less-attractive travelers, you can see why people may have taken offense. This being Twitter, they did so in hilariously grand fashion.
Really surprised that this hasn't been deleted yet. Is Donald Trump tweeting for the State Department now? https://t.co/YaJcozFAR6— Dan Savage (@fakedansavage) March 30, 2016
The State Department just issued a travel warning for ugly people https://t.co/YTEMuLB2eQ These warnings work year round for all ages.— Francine McKenna (@retheauditors) March 31, 2016
[THE STATE DEPARTMENT SPOTS YOU DRUNK AT THE CLUB] "your American accent isn't mysterious OR sexy. god, I'm calling you an Uber"— Matt Pearce (@mattdpearce) March 30, 2016
And we have to applaud the efforts of whoever set up this parody account:
Before traveling, if you aren't certain whether you're a 10 a good test is to ask yourself if you've ever felt bad looking at a magazine— Travel Gov (@Travel_Gov) March 31, 2016
if you are "dance 10 looks 3" please contact the state department we will advise you about what to watch for during travel— Travel Gov (@Travel_Gov) March 31, 2016
ACCEPT NO COMPLIMENTS FROM FOREIGN NATIONALS UNTIL YOU HAVE CROSS-CHECKED YOUR ATTRACTIVENESS AGAINST OUR PROVIDED SCALE— Travel Gov (@Travel_Gov) March 30, 2016
The State Department, to their credit, was quick to issue an apology:
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
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