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US Air Force apologises for tweet comparing A-10 strikes to viral ‘Yanny vs. Laurel’ clip, saying it was in ‘poor taste’

The tweet said the Taliban in Farah, Afghanistan would have much rather heard ‘Yanny’ or ‘Laurel’ than the ‘defeaning BRRRT’ of the A-10 Warthogs sent this week to repel the insurgents

PUBLISHED : Friday, 18 May, 2018, 3:00pm
UPDATED : Friday, 18 May, 2018, 3:00pm

By John Haltiwanger

The US Air Force has apologised for a tweet referencing the ongoing social media debate over the Yanny vs. Laurel viral sound clip.

Nobody can agree if this robot says ‘Yanny’ or ‘Laurel’ and everyone is arguing about it

“We apologise for the earlier tweet regarding the A-10. It was made in poor taste and we are addressing it internally. It has since been removed,” the Air Force tweeted on Thursday.

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The initial tweet, which was apparently meant to be a joke about the viral trend, said the Taliban in Farah, Afghanistan would have much rather heard “Yanny” or “Laurel” than the sound of approaching A-10 Warthogs sent this week to repel the insurgents.

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“The Taliban Forces in Farah city #Afghanistan would much rather have heard #Yanny or #Laurel than the deafening #BRRRT they got courtesy of our #A10,” the tweet said.

The Yanny vs. Laurel trend has seemingly driven the internet crazy, as people continue to argue over what is actually being said in the clip. The debate began after a short, one-word audio clip was posted on Twitter and Reddit. Some people believe the robotic voice in the clip is saying “Yanny,” while others hear “Laurel.”

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It seems the Air Force wanted in on all the fun, but now regrets its attempt to join in.

The battle in Farah has been intense as the Taliban has launched a series of attacks to take the city. The Air Force sent the A-10s in to help Afghan forces on the ground push the insurgents back.

Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White on Thursday told reporters she hadn’t seen the tweet but said it shouldn’t be forgotten that Afghans are “dying to secure their own future.”

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