US Army suspends officer for Holocaust joke on TikTok

September 2, 2020 by JNS
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The U.S. Army has suspended an officer who posted a video making a Holocaust joke to his more than 3 million subscribers on the video-sharing social-networking service TikTok.

The Pentagon. Credit: David B. Gleason/Flickr.

“What’s a Jewish person’s favorite Pokémon character?” asks U.S. Army Second Lt. Nathan Freihofer, followed by a laugh.

“Ash,” he answers, referring to Ash Ketchum, the protagonist in the anime, and the remains of Jews who were gassed and cremated during the Holocaust in death and concentration camps.

“If you get offended, get the f*** out because it’s a joke,” adds Freihofer.

2nd Lt. Nathan Freihofer, a popular TikTok influencer with nearly 3 mil followers, posted a joke about the holocaust.

“If you get offended, get the fuck out because it’s a joke,” he says.

May be contrary to Army’s “Think, Type, Post” social media policy, but hey what do I know pic.twitter.com/TpkLr1xhPt

— Paul Szoldra (@PaulSzoldra) August 31, 2020

On Monday, the U.S. Army’s 3rd Infantry Division posted on Twitter that it is investigating the “vile remarks” and they’re “not indicative of the values we live by, and there is no place for racism or bigotry in our Army or our country.”

Additionally, the division said that Freihofer “has been suspended of any and all leadership authorities effective immediately, pending the results of the investigation.”

(1 of 2) 3ID is investigating reports of a Soldier making vile remarks on a social media video. The statements made in the video are not indicative of the values we live by, and there is no place for racism or bigotry in our Army or our country.

— 3rd Infantry Division (@3rd_Infantry) August 31, 2020

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An investigation has been initiated into this matter and the Soldier has been suspended of any and all leadership authorities effective immediately, pending the results of the investigation.

— 3rd Infantry Division (@3rd_Infantry) August 31, 2020

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