US military apologizes for offensive language after being called out on Hasan Minhaj's 'Patriot Act'
The military took note of comedian Hasan Minhaj's new Netflix show, Patriot Actwhen it debuted on Sunday.
Minhaj did a segment that cited offensive language – the term "Negro blood" – in an online manual for troops deploying to Saudi Arabia. It described the Saudi population as "mainly composed of descendants of indigenous tribes that have inhabited the peninsula since prehistoric times with some later mixture of slaves imported from Africa."
Minhaj cracked, "Oh, America. Even in boring technical manuals, you still somehow manage to be racist. "
Four days after the episode went live on Netflix, the U.S. Central Command apologized.
"We regret that inappropriate material was posted to our website without a more fulsome review and apologize to anyone who took offense," Capt. Bill Urban, a spokesman for Centcom, said, according to a report in Stars and Stripes. "We removed the document as soon as we were notified of the content, and it returned to the originating office for revision."
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NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 09: Comedian Hasan Minhaj attends the Natural Resources Defense Council's 'NRDC's Night of Comedy' Benefit with Seth Meyers, John Oliver, George Lopez, Mike Birbiglia and Hasan Minhaj on November 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola / Getty Images for The Natural Resources Defense Council)
NEW ORLEANS, LA – FEBRUARY 17: Actor Hasan Minhaj poses on the carpet during the 2017 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game as part of the 2017 All-Star Weekend at the Mercedes-Benz Super Dome on February 17, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana , NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and / or using this Photographer, it is subject to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Michelle Farsi / NBAE via Getty Images)
Stock Photo – NEW YORK, NY – JULY 07: Actor / comedian Hasan Minhaj attends 'Norman Lear's Just Another Version Of You' New York Premiere At Walter Reade Theater on July 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff / WireImage)
Stock Photo – NEW ORLEANS, LA – FEBRUARY 17: Hasan Minhaj # 7 of the West Team shoots the ball against the East team during the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game as part of 2017 All-Star Weekend at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 17, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and / or using this Photographer, it is subject to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Bill Baptist / NBAE via Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA – OCTOBER 15: Hasan Minhaj performs on stage at the Buckhead Theater on October 15, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paul R. Giunta / Getty Images)
American comedian and actor Hasan Minhaj performs at the Central Park SummerStage, New York, New York, June 26, 2016. (Photo by Jack Vartoogian / Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY – MAY 21: Actor Hasan Minhaj Attends The 75th Annual Peabody Awards Ceremony at Cipriani Wall Street on May 20, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola / Getty Images for Peabody Awards)
NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 22: The Daily Show correspondent Hasan Minhaj attends Comedy Central's The Daily Show With Trevor Noah's premiere party event on October 22, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket / Getty Images for Comedy Central)
Stock Photo – NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 10: Actor Hasan Minhaj attends the NYMag and The Cut Fashion week party at The Bowery Hotel on September 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket / Getty Images for New York Magazine)
HOLLYWOOD, CA – SEPTEMBER 20: The Daily Show with Trevor Noah's correspondent Hasan Minhaj attends the Comedy Central Emmy's after party at Boulevard3 on September 20, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray / Getty Images for Comedy Central)
CULVER CITY, CA – APRIL 14: Actor Hasan Minhaj arrives at the 2013 MTV Movie Awards at Sony Pictures Studios on April 14, 2013 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 14: Comedian Hasan Minhaj attends the Funny Or The Make Em Em Laugh Showcase during the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival at The GRAMMY Museum on June 14, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris / WireImage)
Urban said officials are looking over the rest of the 69-page booklet, which was published in June.
"We have been conducting an internal review of our posting processes, and are currently conducting a survey of inappropriate material on our website," he said.
Another official told the New York Times that older versions of the booklet had been uploaded. However, the newspaper noted that because it is included information on Wi-Fi and streaming speeds.
On Twitter, Minhaj acknowledged the response with the watching eyes emoji.
Let's see what he does in Week 2.
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