Apologies to anyone we offended w/ this tweet https://t.co/7F5VTHiv our intent was to inform survivors of disaster assistance process.
— FEMA (@fema) November 10, 2012
Oof. Bureaucrats might want to stay away from making “jokes” on Twitter. But when they don’t, Twitchy is here to document their tweets. You’re welcome.
On Friday evening, FEMA announced to the world that “no doesn’t always mean no.”
— FEMA (@fema) November 9, 2012
So, sometimes it’s not a legitimate “no”?
— Billy O’Keefe (@DefendWallSt) November 10, 2012
— Whitney Pitcher (@whitneypitcher) November 10, 2012
The agency was referring to rejected requests for disaster assistance in the botched tweet. But some Twitterers lashed out at FEMA for the play on “no means no,” a phrase often used in discussions of rape and sexual consent.
Yes, that was @fema making a rape joke in the middle of a national emergency.
— Asher Wolf (@Asher_Wolf) November 10, 2012
— DianeWellbrockBustos (@DiBustos) November 9, 2012
@fema rape joke or is your twitter point person just a moron? Either way, you suck.
— Adam in Oakland (@AdamInOakland) November 10, 2012
— Chelsea (@chelseagrunwald) November 10, 2012
Of course, now that FEMA has apologized “to anyone we offended,” this will blow over pretty fast. After all, this was President Lady Parts’ FEMA; it’s not like it’s a Republican who trivialized rape, so no biggie! All will be forgiven.