Delta's 'Ghana Giraffe' Ignites Twitter Fury

There are no giraffes in Ghana
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jun 17, 2014 8:34 AM CDT
Giraffes aren't from Ghana, Twitter users pointed out.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Delta Air Lines is getting an earful from the Internet over a postgame tweet. After the US beat Ghana in yesterday's World Cup match, Delta congratulated the American team with a pair of pictures, since deleted but viewable here. One showed the Statue of Liberty with the US score; the other showed a giraffe next to Ghana's score. Trouble is, giraffes don't live in Ghana, CNET notes.

Tweets accused Delta of racism and ignorance. "I remember when I was in Ghana riding my giraffe on the beach," snarked one. Another, cited at BuzzFeed, slammed the "narrow-minded nincompoops" at Delta. Added another: "You can book flights to Accra, the capital of Ghana, on @delta’s website. Do not take those flights. They will end up in the Serengeti." Delta soon apologized—but the apology contained another error, BuzzFeed notes. "We're sorry for our choice of photo in our precious tweet," it said. A follow-up tweet changed "precious" to "previous." (Read more Delta Air Lines stories.)

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