There has been widespread controversy in the U.S. recently after a video appeared online showing an American soldier singing ‘Go on home, British soldiers,’ a song by the Wolfe Tones.
The video which has been shared many times across the globe has caused outrage in the UK because the song was written and sang in support of the IRA. The video, which shows the U.S. army officer singing in front of his regiment has caused a severe backlash after appeared on the U.S. Army W.T.F! Moments Facebook page. It has since been deleted from the page. The highly offensive video which since has been removed, has prompted Forces TV, an independent news organisation representing the British forces to go and seek clarification from the Pentagon as to why the video appeared online.
According to a spokesperson for Forces TV, the Pentagon said that they were not aware of the footage and have refused to comment on it. The Forces TV spokesperson further explained: “It was brought to our attention that this song was actually… in support of Irish rebel forces from the 1960s, specifically the Irish Republican Army. “Our page refrains from political matters so we decided it was in the best interest of our Facebook community to remove the video.”
Meanwhile the video has since been posted on a YouTube channel belonging to Irish language website tuarisc.ie, who say the solider involved is Séamus Ó Fianghusa, AKA Séamus na Gaeilge,’ who was born to an Irish father and Korean mother and has spent time in the Gaeltacht in Donegal.