‘Can’t believe I fought for this bulls**t’
Former U.S. Navy SEAL Team Six member Robert J. O’Neill, who participated in the mission that took down Osama bin Laden, slammed the Navy for enlisting an active-duty sailor as a drag queen ambassador in an attempt to boost recruiting.
On Wednesday, O’Neill responded to a viral video of Yeoman 2nd Class Joshua Kelley dressed up in drag, announcing his ambassador partnership with the Navy.
O’Neill wrote on his Twitter, “Alright. The US Navy is now using an enlisted sailor Drag Queen as a recruiter. I’m done. China is going to destroy us. YOU GOT THIS NAVY. I can’t believe I fought for this bulls**t.”
“The U.S. Military needs to be ferocious not fabulous,” he stated in another tweet.
Kelley, who goes by the stage name Harpy Daniels, explained in the November announcement video posted on his social media that he had been invited to be the first “Navy Digital Ambassador.”
The ambassador program ran from October 2022 to March 2023 and was “designed to explore the digital environment to reach a wide range of potential candidates,” according to a Navy spokesperson.
The spokesperson noted that the Navy is experiencing “the most challenging recruiting environment since the start of the all-volunteer force.”
In a letter to Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro, the senators wrote, “While we understand the importance of social media for modern recruiting, we are concerned about both the promotion of a banned app and behavior that many deem inappropriate in a professional workplace.”
“The bottom line is that the Navy should not be promoting use of TikTok, an app banned on Department devices, on the personal devices of servicemembers or its ‘ambassadors,'” the senators added.
The letter was signed by over a dozen Republican senators, including Ted Cruz, Tom Cotton, Rick Scott, and Marco Rubio.
In a recent video posted on his social media, Kelley responded to criticism from Army veteran and podcaster Graham Allen.
Allen wrote earlier this week, “This is not the same military I served under.”
“Our enemies are laughing at us when this kind of thing happens,” he added.
Kelley’s response video featured the sailor alternating between his military uniform and drag outfits while stating that he “DGAF” about the criticism.
In the video’s caption, Kelley wrote, “You only want to support the military when it benefits you and doesn’t involve queer people. Yet the military is the largest diverse, and adaptable organization in the US.”
“Well as a service member, a queen, and an open queer person. You dont [sic] scare me and you won’t stop the LGBTQ+ community for [sic] thriving!” Kelley wrote.