UK Embassy 'sorry' for White House fire tweet
The British Embassy in Washington has apologised after it sent a tweet seeming to poke fun at the 200th anniversary of the burning of the White House.
In the message on Sunday, the embassy posted a photo of a White House-shaped cake, with sparklers and the flags of both nations, with the caption "only sparklers this time!".
The White House was set on fire in August 1814, during the so-called War of 1812 between British soldiers and US forces.
But users on Twitter did not find any humour in it, with some branding it tasteless.
"Even if Talking Heads were singing it, I think this is in extremely POOR TASTE," wrote one user.
Another said: "Classy Britain. Maybe Germany should commemorate bombing London?"
Another one said: "While the @UKinUSA 1812 tweet was no big deal, I'm allowing myself another 'you'd all be speaking German' joke sometime in the near future."
The embassy had explained in another tweet that it wanted to celebrate the "special relationship and work together shoulder to shoulder across the globe".
But the backlash prompted it to issue an apology.
"Apologies for earlier tweet. We meant to mark an event in history and celebrate our strong friendship today," it said.
Other users rallied to the embassy's defence, including some Americans.
"Congratulations humourless Americans, you made them apologise for their joke, you perpetually outraged losers," wrote one.
Another wrote: "No need to apologise! I'm American and I chuckled.
"I think our two nations have been through enough together to share a joke."