British Embassy Celebrates the White House Burning of 1814, Apologizes

A message on the embassy's official Twitter account poked fun at the anniversary of British troops invading Washington, D.C.
0:43 | 08/25/14

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Was it funny or in bad taste will let you be the judge. The British embassy sent out a -- noting it was the 200 anniversary of when the British invaded Washington and burned the White House. US State Department spokesman Marie -- got the joke tweeting back quote. The difference 200 years can make in foreign relations hash tag it's complicated. But not everyone thought it was so funny the daughter of famed British composer Andrew Lloyd Webber even weighed in against it. So the brits apologized. And of course other said they shouldn't have. And controversy goes on proving that in social media sometimes it's better just to play it safe.

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