Leave it to a men's magazine to get things mixed up when it comes to contraception. Well, contraception and actual warfare. GQ published an article last month, "Alexander Vindman and a Brief History of the GOP Smearing Veterans" by Luke Darby, and the correction that it issued for a typo is making the rounds on Twitter today. Users are taking the magazine to task for the misspelling, which replaced IED, or improvised explosive device, with IUD, intrauterine device.
The article reads as follows:
"Vindman is the first White House official to cooperate with Congress's impeachment inquiry, which makes his testimony all the more damaging. So Trump surrogates rushed to discredit him before he even appeared before the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs, and Oversight and Reform committees. Their main tactic so far has been to accuse the Army veteran — who has a Purple Heart for an IUD injury in Iraq and served multiple overseas tours — of secretly working for Ukraine."
"This story has been updated," reads a note at the end of the article. "Alexander Vindman received a Purple Heart after being wounded by an IED, or improvised explosive device, not an IUD, or intrauterine device. We regret the error."
Vindman is making headlines for his participation in President Donald Trump's impeachment inquiry. He was, in fact, wounded in Iraq during his tour of duty, but Twitter users were quick to note that IUDs and IEDs are not the same things. Some women were understanding, noting that they confuse the two sometimes, while others weren't so sympathetic.
literally every time I say "IUD" i wonder if I'm getting it wrong and telling women to implant explosives into themselves so i feel this correction deeply https://t.co/EqGEl4Ad0O— Jessica Huseman (@JessicaHuseman) November 22, 2019
Imagine what you get for cunnilingus.— Laura Lippman (@LauraMLippman) November 22, 2019
I couldn't believe this was real, but here it is. (It sounds like the gentlemen need some ladies working with them) https://t.co/CjvB3biYnK— Leslie Jaszczak (@ESerafina42) November 22, 2019
Many of us were wondering how exactly he was wounded by an IUD— Aviva Morgan (@DivaAvivaMorgan) November 22, 2019
Women weren't the only ones. Guys were getting in on the action, too.
I don’t think the U.S. military is going to be able to counter these changing TTPs. https://t.co/kvqaq69xb5— James LaPorta (@JimLaPorta) November 22, 2019
the enemy stronghold was ... impregnable pic.twitter.com/jFtKu8JMHc— Matt Ufford (@mattufford) November 22, 2019
No shit, there I was on Objective GYN pic.twitter.com/vpPZCFJWPj— Alex Horton (@AlexHortonTX) November 22, 2019
thank you today and every day to our brave americans in uniform, whether they are manning the front line or hitting the back wall pic.twitter.com/sERp9BccpW— Drew Goins (@drewlgoins) November 22, 2019
Vindman served multiple tours of duty, including his tour of Iraq in 2013, where he was injured and awarded the Purple Heart.