Tuesday, 1 September 2020

Outrage as US Army lieutenant with 3 million followers on TikTok posts video joking about the Holocaust - prompting calls for dishonorable discharge

A commissioned officer in the United States Army made jokes about the Holocaust in a video posted to his nearly 3 million followers on TikTok, prompting angry calls for the military to kick him out.
Second Lieutenant Nathan Freihofer, a field artillery officer stationed at Fort Stewart, Georgia, posted a video that was later removed by TikTok.
In the brief clip, Freihofer jokes that of all the Pokemon characters, Jews would be most fond of ‘Ash’ - a reference to Ash Ketchum.
Freihofer appears eager to provoke a reaction, telling his audience: ‘If you get offended, get the f*** out because it’s a joke.’
He ends the clip by saying: ‘Don’t be a p***y.’
Second Lieutenant Nathan Freihofer, a field artillery officer stationed at Fort Stewart, Georgia, posted a video that was later removed by TikTok
Second Lieutenant Nathan Freihofer, a field artillery officer stationed at Fort Stewart, Georgia, posted a video that was later removed by TikTok
Second Lieutenant Nathan Freihofer, a field artillery officer stationed at Fort Stewart, Georgia, posted a video that was later removed by TikTok
In the brief clip, Freihofer jokes that of all the Pokemon characters, Jews would be most fond of ‘Ash’ - a reference to Ash Ketchum. Freihofer appears eager to provoke a reaction, telling his audience: ‘If you get offended, get the f*** out because it’s a joke.’
In the brief clip, Freihofer jokes that of all the Pokemon characters, Jews would be most fond of ‘Ash’ - a reference to Ash Ketchum. Freihofer appears eager to provoke a reaction, telling his audience: ‘If you get offended, get the f*** out because it’s a joke.’
On social media, reaction was fierce as Twitter users demanded that he be kicked out of the military
On social media, reaction was fierce as Twitter users demanded that he be kicked out of the military
Freihofer is considered a social media influencer. The videos he posts to TikTok which show him lifting weights, singing songs, making jokes, and going about his military service regularly attract millions of views
Freihofer is considered a social media influencer. The videos he posts to TikTok which show him lifting weights, singing songs, making jokes, and going about his military service regularly attract millions of views
DailyMail.com has reached out to Freihofer for comment.
Freihofer is considered a social media influencer. The videos he posts to TikTok which show him lifting weights, singing songs, making jokes, and going about his military service regularly attract millions of views.  
A TikTok spokesperson told DailyMail.com that the clip was removed by the company for violating its policies against hate speech.
A spokesperson for the US Army referred the matter to Freihofer’s unit - the 18th Airborne Corps.
Reaction on social media was swift as outraged Twitter users demanded that the Army take action against Freihofer.
‘Lt. Nathan Freihofer's “joke” is not only offensive, it dishonors the memory of hundreds of thousands of American soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the fight against Nazi tyranny,’ the American Jewish Committee tweeted on Monday.

‘He should apologize now.’
Jake Tapper of CNN tweeted: ‘I admit I don’t understand how anyone, let alone a US military officer, would think it amusing that Jews were mass exterminated during the Holocaust.’
Fred Wellman tweeted: ‘Unacceptable. Absolutely unacceptable.’
Wellman added: ‘I don’t want this POS leading my kids.
‘We ask America’s parents to trust us with their sons and daughters.
‘I don’t trust this “influencer”.
‘Maybe he should worry about serving the country and not his followers.’
‘Lt. Nathan Freihofer's “joke” is not only offensive, it dishonors the memory of hundreds of thousands of American soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the fight against Nazi tyranny,’ the American Jewish Committee tweeted on Monday
‘Lt. Nathan Freihofer's “joke” is not only offensive, it dishonors the memory of hundreds of thousands of American soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the fight against Nazi tyranny,’ the American Jewish Committee tweeted on Monday
Jenniver Tristen addressed her tweet to the Army, writing: ‘Does Nathan Freihofer represent you? Disgusting.’
Jenniver Tristen addressed her tweet to the Army, writing: ‘Does Nathan Freihofer represent you? Disgusting.’
DA Miller addressed his tweet to the Army, writing: ‘[I’m] thinking you may want to speak with, discipline and discharge 2nd Lt. Freihofer. He is a disgrace to your members.’
DA Miller addressed his tweet to the Army, writing: ‘[I’m] thinking you may want to speak with, discipline and discharge 2nd Lt. Freihofer. He is a disgrace to your members.’
Lisa Gilbert tweeted: ‘If you are following this turd, Nathan Freihofer, on TikTok, please stop. Who the hell finds genocide funny at all?’
Lisa Gilbert tweeted: ‘If you are following this turd, Nathan Freihofer, on TikTok, please stop. Who the hell finds genocide funny at all?’
Fred Wellman tweeted: ‘Unacceptable. Absolutely unacceptable. I don’t want this POS leading my kids. We ask America’s parents to trust us with their sons and daughters. I don’t trust this “influencer”. Maybe he should worry about serving the country and not his followers.’
Fred Wellman tweeted: ‘Unacceptable. Absolutely unacceptable. I don’t want this POS leading my kids. We ask America’s parents to trust us with their sons and daughters. I don’t trust this “influencer”. Maybe he should worry about serving the country and not his followers.’
Jake Tapper of CNN tweeted: ‘I admit I don’t understand how anyone, let alone a US military officer, would think it amusing that Jews were mass exterminated during the Holocaust.’
Jake Tapper of CNN tweeted: ‘I admit I don’t understand how anyone, let alone a US military officer, would think it amusing that Jews were mass exterminated during the Holocaust.’
Another Twitter user tweeted: ‘2nd Lt. Nathan Freihofer must immediately be relieved of duty. This is disgusting.’
Another Twitter user tweeted: ‘2nd Lt. Nathan Freihofer must immediately be relieved of duty. This is disgusting.’
Lisa Gilbert tweeted: ‘If you are following this turd, Nathan Freihofer, on TikTok, please stop.
‘Who the hell finds genocide funny at all?’
She added: ‘Sure, he's free to say what he likes... But now it's time to show him what the consequences of saying something disgusting are because he's not free from that.’
DA Miller addressed his tweet to the Army, writing: ‘[I’m] thinking you may want to speak with, discipline and discharge 2nd Lt. Freihofer.
‘He is a disgrace to your members.’
Another Twitter user tweeted: ‘2nd Lt. Nathan Freihofer must immediately be relieved of duty. This is disgusting.’
Jenniver Tristen also addressed her tweet to the Army, writing: ‘Does Nathan Freihofer represent you? Disgusting.’  

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