Your jaw had to drop if you read the State Department’s tips for those who plan on a spring break away from home. That is if you got to it before they realized the error of their ways and revamped their message.
Basically this message said to remember that if you are not a knock-out beauty at home, you are not going to change while away on vacation. So if someone is treating you like the beauty you are not, they probably have an ulterior motive, like they want to rob you! Talk about giving the youth of America a complex!
That wasn’t the exact wording, but it sure was the message! According to MSN News on March 31, the State Department tweeted this message and it was meant for all the college kids heading for faraway places on their spring break.
Us Today College offers up the comments they got from readers over this tweet. One woman writes “Great advice from @TravelGov, tho it doesn’t do us real 10s any good.”
The actual message said: “Not a ’10’ in the US? Then not a 10 overseas. Beware of being lured into buying expensive drinks or worse–being robbed” the bureau advised on its @TravelGov account.”
In other words don’t get fooled into thinking someone finds you beautiful when you’re not. This was the talk of the morning news shows on Thursday. “Fox and Friends” mentioned it a few times during their 3-hour show.
Yahoo News sees this advice from the State Department as warning to “ugly Americans to beware of foxier suitors!” What was the State Department thinking when posting this? They are speaking to an age group that has so many hang-ups on their looks that something like this could send them straight to therapy!
U.S. media posted screen shots of the State Department’s original tweet, so although they’ve taken it down and apologized, it is still circulating out there. This is part of the State Department’s campaign to warn those folks headed overseas for Spring Break.
The State Department’s apology went like this: “Some have been offended by our earlier tweet and we apologize that it came off negatively.” this is what the Bureau of Consular Affairs posted on its Twitter account, after pulling down the message so many found offending.
The original tweet warned that if you aren’t beautiful, but run across someone who is treating you as if you are, they probably want to rob you. The Bureau of Consular Affairs said on Twitter that all they were trying to do is to save U.S. citizens from becoming victims while vacationing overseas. They did this in a “series of hashtags which were hash-tagged #Springbreakingbadly.”
Some of their other tweeted tips spoke to people no matter how much beauty they possessed or not, like “Beware of drink spiking and robbery scams when you’re traveling abroad.” That would have been just fine instead of expecting the spring breakers to rate their beauty and expect to be treated accordingly.