Brits Deported Over Twitter Post Containing ‘Destroy America’
Homeland Security detained then deported two Brits that had planned on vacationing in the U.S. but were denied entry when they rehashed a joke from the ‘Family Guy’ to each other on Twitter that contained the words, “destroy America,” and “dig… Marilyn Monroe up.”
British tabloid, The Sun, reported that 26-year-old Leigh Van Bryan and 24-year-old Emily Bunting were taken by Homeland Security upon their arrival in Los Angeles. It was reported that they were questioned for 5 hours then handcuffed and but into a van full of illegal immigrants and held overnight before eventually being sent back home.
One tweet by Bryan read, “Free this week, for a quick gossip/prep before I go and destroy America.” A second one read, “3 weeks today, we’re totally in LA pissing people off on Hollywood Blvd. and diggin’ Marilyn Monroe up!”
During the five hours of questioning both Bryan and Bunting tried to explain that it was a joke and that in England ‘destroy’ means ‘partying’ or getting ‘wasted’.’
Bunting told Mail Online, “They asked why we wanted to destroy America and we tried to explain it meant to get trashed and party,”
She added, “I almost burst out laughing when they asked me if I was going to be Leigh’s lookout while he dug up Marilyn Monroe. I couldn’t believe it because it was a quote from the comedy Family Guy which is an American show.”
Bunting said the officials performed a full body search on her and then went through their suitcases, saying they were looking for spades and shovels.
Bryan had said that it was a scary situation because the Homeland Security officers told him he “really (explicative) up with that tweet, boy.” Then he was thrown into a prison cell with two large Mexican men covered in tattoo’s that told him they had been trafficking cocaine, and when the food was handed out they took all of his leaving him with only a carton of apple juice.
Prior to being sent home they were told if they wanted to return to the U.S. they would have to apply for visas at the U.S. Embassy in London.