A congratulatory tweet celebrating the United States men’s national soccer team’s over Ghana in the World Cup on Monday backfired when the African nation was represented with a picture of a giraffe.
The long-necked animals do not live in Ghana, a country on the continent’s western coast.
To represent the United States, the Delta employee used a picture of the Statue of Liberty.
Condemnation of the tweet was fast and furious, as Twitter users erupted, calling the uninformed message racist and ignorant.
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Delta quickly deleted the offending tweet and eventually an apology — the first of which contained a typo. Rather than previous, it read “precious” when referring to the original tweet.
Culled from NY Daily News