RAF blunder as ‘preferably not white male’ wanted for Top Gun: Maverick press event

RAF bosses were clear about wanting a “preferably not white male” pilot to represent them at a press event for the new Top Gun: Maverick film.

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An email sent from the force’s communication team said it was looking for someone to be the “face” of an upcoming press event. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has since apologised for language that “should not have been used”.

The RAF email, seen by the Express, read: “Gents, do any of you have a ‘Pilot, who is preferably not white male’ who would like to be the ‘RAF’ face at a press event for the release of Top Gun Two?

“Shy guy get no cakes so shout quick as offer also gone out to other Units.”

The force has been widely mocked for its “woke” request.

GB News host Colin Brazier joked in a post on Twitter: “The RAF mounts its latest bid to be the wokest of Britain’s armed forces.”

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RAF blunder as ‘preferably not white male’ wanted for Top Gun: Maverick press event. (Image: PA/Getty)

Writer Nick Buckley MBE added: “This really is too much and is blatant bigotry.

“We need Government action on this ASAP. This cannot continue.

“We cannot keep degrading a large section of the population without the risk of a backlash.”

An MoD spokesman told the Express after the email was seen: “This language should not have been used and we apologise for any offence caused.

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Defence Secretary Ben Wallace

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace. (Image: Getty)

“We are determined to encourage more people, no matter their sex or race, into the RAF.”

Radio host Kevin O’Sullivan insisted in a post on Twitter the original request for a “preferably” non-white figure was “racist”.

Bruge Group Director Robert Oulds added the attitude it expressed was “divisive and dangerous”.

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Tom Cruise. (Image: Getty)

He told the Express: “The Armed Forces should be a band united to serve Queen and country.

“This seeks to segregate people and mark people out, not on the basis of their ability, but on the colour of their skin.

“This is wrong and embarrassing. We need to stand firm and together.”

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RAF. (Image: Getty)

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