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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Ignorant Tweets After U.S. Defeats Japan At World Cup

Just in case you missed it, The US Women's soccer team destroyed the Japanese team 5-2 in the final of the 2015 World Cup held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on June 5, 2015.

Despite being from Canada, and having spent eight or so years coaching women's soccer, I admit that I watched only a single minute of the entire tournament - (I saw the U.S. 5th goal versus Japan.

It's not that the women's soccer was boring - it's not, despite the unusually low-scoring in this tournament - but rather I find it frustrating to watch considering I actually played and coached the sport… I always spot the errors and never enjoy the game as a fan would. My bad. You know… never criticize anybody unless you can do better yourself. My ego says I could have when I was younger. Probably not… but ego, you know.

Anyhow, the U.S. Women's soccer team were fantastic this tournament.

And then the whole thing gets a drink spilled on it by overzealous fans who seem to confuse global sports and historical global conflict. It's also why social media sucks, sometimes.

If you notice the headline and image above, ignorance rears its ugly head once more with just plain stupid tweets from equally stupid people who probably think they are being funny.

"Japan wishing they never bombed Pearl Harbor right about now...," tweeted @JoeHeadTV

While I don't REALLY believe the tweets are racist… I merely think it's someone trying to become popular on social media, and had encountered an epic fail - despite the fact that one of the offensive Tweets reached 10,400+ Retweets, and 16,000+ favorites… meaning that at least 6,000 people thought it was a cool thing to say, but were afraid of retweeting it to their own Twitter followers…. you know… in cased anyone found out they were being ignorant.

Hey Japan, that one was for Pear Harbor. U-S-A, U-S-A, U-S-A.

Really, @CloydRivers ?

That's funny, not.

I would have thought that those two atomic bombs dropped on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki would have quenched all thoughts of revenge for the 2,500 people killed at the U.S. naval base in the country of Hawaii back on December 7, 1941… I mean those two atomic bombs did take out some 100,000 people - even if some might say only 100,000 Japanese. How blood-thirsty should Americans be for revenge?

While thousands of people - I can only assume mostly Americans - thought the tweet an appropriate comment, at least some brave souls spoke out against it.

"of course pearl harbor is trending now. Did you think we could get through an international event without being racist," tweeted @Cryptoterra.

"It was great to see the USA women do so well in the World Cup, but the 'Pearl Harbor/WWII' references were immature and offensive. C'mon," tweeted @BetancourtJack.

Three cheers to @Cryptoterra and @BetancourtJack for saying what they said… now… I have no idea what their OTHER tweets are like, but this one was nice. You guys are helping save social media.

Immature and offensive - yes. Racist no. Not the way people really use the term. But way to take away from a great American team victory by showing your ignorance.

Andrew Joseph

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