Canadians took to Twitter on Friday to express their disapproval of the Canadian military after an official account posted a transgender flag and dove into a woke lecture on the importance of inclusivity.
The tweet was part of the “International Transgender Day of Visibility” observed annually by some since 2014.
After being flooded with negative replies, the official Canadian Army Twitter account went into a tirade about acceptance, saying it would censor comments there were “derogatory or hateful.”
“Every member of the One Army Team is entitled to work in an environment where they feel safe and respected. Comments that are derogatory or hateful in nature will be removed,” tweeted the Canadian Army.
“For those who are unwilling to accept all people into the One Army Team, including Indigenous people, women, visible minorities, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ2+ communities, or our support for them, we suggest you no longer follow this page.”
At the time of this articles writing, the tweet had received nearly 1,000 replies and only 203 likes.
The most liked reply was by user Andrea Myknahlea, who tweeted a photo of the Canadian flag saying “we have one and only (flag) and it’s all inclusive already.”
This is our flag, we have one and one only and it’s all inclusive already. pic.twitter.com/unPRLGFVWC
— andrea myknahlea (@andreamermaiden) March 31, 2023
Other users blasted the military over low enrollment rates and pandering to progressive politics instead of focusing on the defense of the nation.
Your job is to promote national defence not promote irrational nonsense,
— Chris Soda: Sect 219 + 46 of the Criminal Code (@chris__soda) March 31, 2023
No wonder your enrollment is at all time lows.
Pandering to the woke mob that will never sign up for the program.
Don’t try and hide now. Too late.
— Two Amigos (@Poppaplunge) March 31, 2023
Some like CdnFreedomGirl took offence to the military’s tweet saying it harms the rights of women.
I’d like to be my authentic self, which is a woman, without men taking my place and taking my space.
— OG Horses Kisses (@CdnFreedomGirl) March 31, 2023
Other users blasted the military over its policies towards the unvaccinated during the Covid-19 pandemic which included ejecting them from their duties and reprimanding them over personal health choices.
Interesting. What about everyone who was thrown out or fired for wanting bodily autonomy?
— NR12 (@nr12_nikrosic) March 31, 2023
This isn’t the first time the Canadian Armed Forces has attempted to be more inclusive. Last year, the armed forces revised its uniform policy last year to allow members to wear fake nails, dye their hair and don tattoos.