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Two Brits Detained In US, Sent Home Over Twitter Jokes

Twitter Jokes about Destroying America

If you plan to travel into the United States from another country you might want to think twice before you tweet jokes about destroying American. That’s the lesson that was learned this week by Leigh Van Bryan.

The 26-year-old Brit tweeted:

“Free this week, for quick gossip/prep before I go and destroy America.”

After landing in Los Angeles Leigh was questioned by Homeland Security and explained that “destroy” is slang for partying but officials didn’t buy that explanation and sent them packing.

In another Tweet Van Bryan and his companion Emily Bunting were apparently going to find the body of Marilyn Monroe, in quoting a line from Family Guy he wrote:

“3 weeks today, we’re totally in LA p****** people off on Hollywood Blvd and diggin’ Marilyn Monroe up!”

In what was a direct joke from a cartoon officials still didn’t believe him and then searched through his luggage for shovels and spades while the Brits were handcuffed for five hours and interrogated.

After the interrogation they were supervised by guards for 12 hours before their passports were confiscated and they were sent back to Europe.

If they were deported from the United States for a family guy joke posted on Twitter I wonder how the cartoons creator Seth MacFarlane manages to travel anywhere in the world. Perhaps Homeland Security will deport him to a foreign country next.

Do you think Homeland Security went to far in the questioning and deportation of two British citizens who were obviously just telling a few Twitter jokes?

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2 Responses to “Two Brits Detained In US, Sent Home Over Twitter Jokes”

  1. Christopher Koulouris

    Of course one has to wonder, if these two were foolish and stupid enough to acknowledge a legitimate desire to ‘destroy’ America wouldn’t authorities have come across a couple of surface to air missiles in Ms Banting’s handbag? Then again, for someone who has spent a considerable time in the UK, the term ‘destroy’ is often used as an affectionate adjective to party the town. Not that you would know if haven’t spent time in the UK. Yep, Dept of Homeland Security outdoing itself once again….

    http://scallywagandvagabond.com/2012/01/british-pair-deported-at-lax-after-jokingly-texting-they-were-going-to-destroy-america/

  2. Lisa Brogdon

    Detained and deported based on a couple Twitter posts? Seriously? Not monitoring social media? Received a tip? Right! Oh? Their visas weren't in order? If that were so then why were they allowed to get on the plane in the first place! GREAT job DHS! – They probably haven't a parking ticket betwixed them!