Russia Today reporter, and former Miss New Jersey United States 2015, Sameera Khan, has deleted her Twitter account after attracting a hefty backlash for posting memes that made light of Stalin and the atrocities of his prison system.
The pair of tweets, which have since been deleted along with Khan's entire Twitter account, listed the "benefits" of Stalin's gulags—labor camps that were active in the former Soviet Union from 1930 to 1955 where many people died.
Screenshots of the tweets on Khan's page were captured and reposted by journalist Ian Bateson.
He captioning his tweet:
RT’s Washington correspondent and former Miss New Jersey keeping it classy by white washing the gulag
Following the backlash, Khan attempted to backpedal and apologize . . .
According to indy100, she said:
I have just found out that the memes I share re: Stalin's gulags were inaccurate.
My apologies to all those who were offended.
I also in no way intended to make light of the tragic mass persecutions they (sic) took place under the Stalin regime and I again apologise for sharing this misleading and offensive information.
But people weren't buying it, and the damage was already done:
A sample of the outrage online:
This pair of tweets sums it up nicely:
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