June 16, 2014 9:17 pm
Updated: June 16, 2014 9:44 pm

Airline’s tweet to U.S. World Cup team panned as ‘poor taste’

Delta Airlines posted a congratulatory message to the U.S. side on Monday. One major gaffe: There are no giraffes in Ghana, the U.S. side's opponent.


Delta Airlines, a U.S. commercial airliner, may have had good intentions in mind when it saluted a 2-1 win by the United States over Ghana on Monday night with a tweet.

But it’s translating into a whole lot of bad will with viewers of the social media message.

The message shows the score of the World Cup Group G match, with the U.S. tally in front of the Statue of Liberty and the score for Ghana, a country in Africa, hovering over a silhouette of a giraffe, presumably to symbolize Africa.

One glaring error: There are no giraffes in Ghana, a country located on the western coast of the continent and has as sub-Saharan climate — far from the savannahs of the eastern and central regions of Africa where giraffes are found.

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This Twitter user’s message was one among many that took issue with Delta’s gaffe:

Others panned the message as stereotypical and an obtuse generalization of an African country.

Kim Newsome, a sports producer at U.S. news network CNN said in a Twitter post the message was in “really poor taste.”

Delta removed the tweet as of 9:33 p.m. ET or about 90 minutes after the match ended, publishing this afterward:

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