State Department Apologizes Over Sexist Travel Warning for Less Attractive Americans

FILE - The State Department in Washington, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. AP

The State Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs tweeted a poorly-worded warning to Americans traveling overseas Wednesday — and then deleted the tweet after a deluge of criticism from people who called it "sexist" and "insulting."

The tweet, sent from the State Department's @TravelGov account, was meant to warn travelers of potential scams initiated by flattery.

"Not a '10' in the US? Then not a 10 overseas. Beware of being lured into buying expensive drinks or worse — being robbed #springbreakingbadly," the tweet read.

The agency initially tried to explain itself, telling responders that they are "just trying to warn folks about overseas scam artists." But eventually, it took down the offensive tweet and issued a two-part apology.

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