KLM in big trouble over 'racist' Mexico tweet

2014-06-30 09:29
Cape Town - So, you remember about two weeks ago Delta Airlines came under fire for a really stupid tweet featuring a photo juxtaposing the Statue of Liberty and a Giraffe after the US beat Ghana 2-1 in a World Cup match?

Quite understandably, the whole of Africa was up in arms about the fact that whoever runs the account didn't even bother checking whether giraffes even occur in Ghana... which they don't.

It was seriously just a case of "Oh let's just use a picture of a giraffe, because, well... Africa."

Well, unbelievably enough, KLM has gone and committed a similar cultural faux pas, this time involving Mexico.

Mashable reports that the Dutch airline posted a racially insensitive tweet shortly after Holland beat Mexico 2 - 1. 

Apparently the tweet read: "Adios Amigos!" and featured a picture of a departure signs and an icon of a guy with a moustache and a sombrero.

Although the tweet was deleted shortly after, it was retweeted by a myriad upset fans.

Many, including Motorcycle Diaries actor, Gael Garcia Bernal took to Twitter to share their disgust.

The heartthrob actor tweeted:

".@KLM I'm never flying your shitty airline again. F*ck you big time."

But removed it shortly after, apologising for his outburst:

Here are a few more responses:
 But, Aeromexico perhaps made the boldest statement, with their kind and caring response, aimed at their team rather than the rival airline:

Roughly translated it reads: "Thanks for the great World Cup. We are proud and waiting at home."

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