Monday, October 31, 2016
Royal Marines at war over 'Genderbread man' in green beret: Poster aiming to promote awareness of gender issues in Commando units is slammed by troops
A poster featuring a so-called ‘Genderbread’ person wearing a green beret has triggered anger and bemusement among Royal Marines.
The mocked-up image, intended to promote awareness of gender issues in Commando units, was attacked last night as disrespectful and a waste of money.
Some elite troops claimed the poster mocks their legendary green berets – which are only awarded after a brutally tough selection process.
A serving Sergeant Major told The Mail on Sunday: ‘I have no issues with anyone’s sexuality. But depicting a member of the Corps as a ‘‘Genderbread’’ person, and the wearing of a green beret, is deeply offensive. It looks as if the Marines are being mocked.’
An MOD spokesperson said: ‘We want the best possible people in the Armed Forces regardless of background – that’s why we are implementing a range of measures designed to encourage a diverse and inclusive workforce.’