The World Cup: a time of global celebration and a chance to break down cultural barriers in the name of good-spirited competition — or butcher them over social media.
Delta Airlines took a nosedive last night when its social media team congratulated the United States for the victory against Ghana. The tweet featured a picture of the Statue of Liberty to represent the U.S., and a giraffe for Ghana. (Because Africa=giraffes.)
Countless shrewd Twitter followers quickly pointed out that giraffes don’t actually live in Ghana, proving that, shockingly, not all of Africa looks like “The Lion King.”
Delta has since deleted the post and tweeted an apology for the “photo in our precious tweet.” Minutes later, that post was replaced with one apologizing for the airline’s “previous tweet.”
You go, Delta. You go.
We're sorry for our choice of photo in our previous tweet. Best of luck to all teams.— Delta (@Delta) June 17, 2014