Pictures uploaded to social media show the derogatory message and a 3 p.m. screening of the blockbuster superhero film.
“Black Panther”— which features a predominantly black cast — was slated to run at that time at the Camp Hansen Army and Air Force Exchange Service theater.
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“We received a disturbing message tonight with a link to a post that had disgusting, insensitive and racist language,” Marine Corps officials said in a statement. “We immediately reached out to Marine Corps Public Affairs to check if it was fake and this was the response we received from Marine Corps Installations Pacific Public Affairs:
“We are aware of an incident on Camp Hansen yesterday involving the posting of a racial slur on an AAFES marquee. Please know that the language used is in direct contradiction to the core values of honor, courage, and commitment that we stand for as Marines. This type of behavior is not tolerated by the Marine Corps. The text has been removed and the incident is under investigation.” We have edited the photos due to their sickening language. We thank Marine Corps PA for their response in this matter and believe the proper authorities will get to the bottom of this incident. There is absolutely no room for this behavior.”
According to the Marine Corps Times, it is not known who had access to the sign and changed the letters, but the incident is currently under investigation and t offensive message has been taken down.