Oh, you have to be kidding? The British Royal Mail has had to apologize because it used a photo of U.S. troops on the beaches of Indonesia for a stamp meant to celebrate the D-Day landings of WWII.
The commemorative stamp was advertised this year, but now the government-controlled mail system has pulled the design.
According to the UK Guardian:
Royal Mail said the image would no longer be part of the final collection, adding: “We work very hard to ensure that our Special Stamp programme appropriately commemorates anniversaries and events that are relevant to UK heritage and life. We would like to offer our sincere apologies that our preview release for our 2019 Special Stamp programme included a stamp design which had been incorrectly associated with the D-day landings.”
We sincerely apologise that our 2019 Special Stamp preview included a design which had been incorrectly associated with the D-Day landings.
This stamp design has not been printed. We would like to reassure our customers that this image will not be part of the final set.
— Royal Mail (@RoyalMail) December 28, 2018
The original design was labeled “D-day Allied soldiers and medics wade ashore.”
But the photo used is actually a scene of U.S. troops wading ashore at Sarmi, Dutch New Guinea in May of 1944, several weeks before the D-day landings took place in Europe.
A conservative politician jumped on the Royal Mail mistake demanding to know if someone would be held accountable at the mail service.
Incredible! Can we be told who signed off on this and what disciplinary action will result? @RoyalMail
— Cllr. Robert Barnard (@Cllr_Barnard) December 27, 2018
A lot of Twitter users also took after the mail service for its stupidity:
Love the new Royal Mail D-Day stamps. pic.twitter.com/kyIy1VjJNr
— Andy Netherwood (@AndyNetherwood) December 28, 2018
Perhaps it's just me, but something about this new D-Day stamp doesn't look quite right. pic.twitter.com/YOTgp1oN9L
— Marc Morris (@Longshanks1307) December 27, 2018
— Nick Stone (@typejunky) December 27, 2018
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