Delta Airlines Twitter Fail and the Circle of Trife: A Giraffe for Ghana
Tonight, USA and Ghana faced off in the World Cup and USA came away with the win, 2-1. Afterwards, Delta Airlines’ Twitter account posted a picture cheering on the home country and also managing to be offend people who had sense.
The Statue of Liberty for the U.S. and a giraffe for Ghana. A GAHTDAMB GIRAFFE FOR GHANA!!! *fights the air* That is lazy, ignorant, stupid and thoughtless all at once. The only giraffes in Ghana are probably in their zoos. Delta might as well have used a hyena and recreated the opening of the Lion King. Because you know all of Africa is plains and open fields and animals you see on safaris. Talk about the Circle of Trife. SO RUDE!
It’s so aggravating. How do you manage to fail at such epic proportions in 140 characters?
Pictures can say a 1,000 words and all 1,000 of them here are screaming that Delta’s social media manager knows nothing about the country they’re shading and they should probably use the powers of Google better next time. One search in Google images could have found them a better symbol to use for the Ghana Black Stars. Heyyyy maybe they could have used a black star if they were feeling particularly lazy!
This is supposed to be an airline that prides itself on its global reach and perspective. They even FLY to Accra! Meanwhile, their employees are still acting like Africa is Rhode Island and it looks the same no matter where you are.
This is super disappointing and they should be ashamed.
Delta has deleted the tweet and given a super weak apology for it. In the words of Magic Mike, “Don’t be sorry, ho. Be careful!” That erased tweet does nothing, though. This is the boolsheet us Africans gotta deal with on a regular basis from narrow-minded nincompoops who are really comfortable not understanding that the continent is far from a monolith.
And aren’t people tired of representing the Cradle of Civilization with animals and trees?? It’s like the trend of all books written by African authors have covers with trees on them. No, for real. Read a post called “The Dangers of a Single Book Cover: The Acacia Tree Meme and “African literature”‘.
It can’t be “African” unless it reminds you of the jungle. *rolls my eyes so hard my eyes get stuck in a side-eye*
Delta should take its ball and go home because Operation Do Better 2014 is in effect. DO. BETTER.