March 17 was St. Patrick's Day, which typically means many things to many people. Some like to wear green in honor of the holiday. Others enjoy a night of festive drinking that may involve green beer. Still others observe the holiday in church or use it as an opportunity to celebrate their Irish heritage. The U.S. Army, however, decided to celebrate in a way literally nobody expected.
The Army tweeted a video of a soldier dancing inside Irish colors juxtaposed with military weapons shooting out animated shamrocks.
The video has since been removed, but not before it was captured and reposted by countless confused Twitter users.
Who thought this video was a good idea? How did it come to exist? These are, obviously, important questions of our era.
“Troops! Where are we on our St Patrick’s Day social plan of attack?”— Alex Konrad (@alexrkonrad) March 17, 2018
“We were thinking the usual—turn some footage of missiles into cute little clovers”
“Can you make a man dance, too? With a filter?”
“By god this is the US Army you’re talking to” https://t.co/rghlSQl8Vq
To be fair, the clip does have a strange, eclectic appeal if one were to think of it as a comedy video.
The video comes off as pretty DIY for an official production of the U.S. military.
"Hey Tyrone's hitting a mean nae nae in the hallway again quick record him on your phone and we'll throw some filters on him and pop some funsy shamrocks on bombs and missiles and other such deadly weapons that's a smart and cool holiday idea that ppl will like" https://t.co/bIgioaKA41— @PiaGlenn (@PiaGlenn) March 17, 2018
Ugh, people in Ireland and those with Irish heritage anywhere who are celebrating today deserve so much better my goodness— @PiaGlenn (@PiaGlenn) March 17, 2018
Twitter users couldn't quite wrap their heads around what was happening in the video.
Like I want to reply something sassy and political about the US army but... what?— Aoife (@justaoifethings) March 17, 2018
If nothing else, the Army helped turn this St. Patrick's Day into an especially memorable one. We can't wait to see what kind of video they put together for Easter!
When you think of the patron saint of Ireland, think of the U.S. Army!— Scott Candage (@ScottCandage) March 17, 2018