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State Department Apologizes for Suggesting Americans Are Ugly

US Travel Dept. apologizes after awkward attempts at humor on Twitter 1:24

The State Department tweeted out a warning to Americans traveling overseas Wednesday — and then deleted the tweet after a deluge of criticism from people who called it sexist.

The tweet, sent from the State Department's @TravelGov account at 1:20 p.m. ET, in essence told Americans that they're not as good-looking as they think they are — and not to be flattered by the locals:

IMAGE: Deleted State Department tweet
The State Department deleted the offending tweet Wednesday afternoon. Twitter.com

Cue Internet outrage:

And soon came the parody account:

The State Department initially engaged the responders:

But eventually, it gave up and took down the offending tweet, with a two-part apology: