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  Life   More Features  16 Sep 2017  British Museum apologises for tweeting 'Asian names can be confusing'

British Museum apologises for tweeting 'Asian names can be confusing'

Published : Sep 16, 2017, 6:55 pm IST
Updated : Sep 16, 2017, 6:55 pm IST

The statement provoked racist allegations by enraged Twitterati.

British Museum (Photo: AFP)
 British Museum (Photo: AFP)

On Wednesday, the official Twitter account of the British Museum hosted an 'Ask A Curator' session with Jane Portal, who is the 'Keeper of Asia' at the museum.

Everything was going smoothly until a Twitter user asked how the museum went about designing exhibition labels and information that are widely accessible.

To which Jane responded: 

Further explaining how the length of labels and names of Asian gods has been an issue for the museum in the past:


Many found this approach rather offensive, and soon enough Twitter users were posting a flurry of angry tweets calling the museum's methods racist:

Indian-American actor Kal Penn also had something to say about the museum's absurd approach:

However, some Twitter users had some hilarious observations to make:

Following the backlash, the museum issued a statement, apologising and saying the tweets do not reflect overall museum policy. They tweeted:

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