Army officials have suspended a Fort Bragg spokesman and launched an inquiry after the officer posted a tweet in which he publicly shared his veteran friend’s bra size, despite it being her idea, WRAL reported.
Captain Rick Dickson, a public affairs officer for the 3rd Special Forces Group, posted a photo of himself and a female friend – who he says is an Iraq War veteran – on Twitter May 15.
“Heading to daughter’s cheerleading with one of my best friends and fellow Iraq vet. She needs to get a Twitter,” he wrote in the tweet, sharing the image of himself and his friend.
The photo elicited lewd responses regarding the size of the woman’s breasts, and rather than criticize the comments, Dickson posted her bra size in a now-deleted tweet, writing, “Obviously all the likes were because of me. G’s btw.”
While sharing his friend’s private information on Twitter garnered intense backlash, the pair later revealed in a video that the mention was the woman’s idea.
“The size was incorrect, so I gave the right size. It did not bother me to send it back at ’em,” she said in the video.
“After she was getting added by a bunch of people on Instagram and tagged in a bunch of different things, we decided that, instead of taking a jab at every single individual person that was doing that, we’re going to put something out,” Dickson added in the video.
“We apologize for anyone that’s offended. It’s certainly not meant to be that way, and we took the tweet down. And I’ll definitely do better on what I post from here on out.”
Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael Grinston confirmed on Tuesday that the incident is being investigated by Dickson’s chain of command.
According to Breitbart, Dickson’s friend later reiterated that posting the bra size was her idea and called on people to stop bullying the Fort Bragg spokesman, writing:
My freakin tits are famous ♀️ Thanks a lot
I do not need a man to protect me so stop bullying and ruining someone’s career who I’ve carried body bags with for this country. I responded with MY words. I have the right to respond to derogatory and absolutely crude remarks in any way I see fit to go along my day. My response and reaction is mine alone. To everyone saying he should have said something about else, I am a 35 year old woman standing up for myself and making fun of men back, who clearly don’t know how to treat women or what breast sizes are. I told him what I wanted to say. Use another instance to fuel your media agenda.