Delta Airlines is getting plenty of feedback for mixing up some serious geography and cultural aspects of the world after sending a message on social media on Monday about the 2014 World Cup. With Team USA playing Ghana, the world was watching to see if American players would be up to the challenge. Perhaps that is why Delta Airlines wanted to get in on the action and share some local culture on a Twitter post. According to USA Today on Tuesday, the photo showed the final score of the game, 2-1, with a photo of the Statue of Liberty next to the U.S. score and a photo of a giraffe next to the Ghana score.
The only issue is that Ghana isn't really known for the giraffes. Ghana is a significant petroleum and natural gas producer, one of the world's largest gold and diamond producers, and is projected to be the largest producer of cocoa in the world as of 2015. The country is small, but it is home to Lake Volta, the largest artificial lake in the world by surface area.
So after the big World Cup tweet blunder Delta Airlines did exactly what any good airlines would do, and they apologized. The mix-up moment didn't go away and Delta was obviously hoping people would overlook the incident, but it appears a few of the Twitter users decided to share a few parodies of the interpretation of where Ghana was and how it exactly had to do with giraffes. It was all in good fun, but the mistake probably should have never happened in the first place.
So who does the USA play next in the World Cup? Portugal and before Delta Airlines sends out any more tweets cheering on the American team, they should send out a research team to see what the country is famous for so they get their social media message correct. One thing for sure is Portugal is not famous for giraffes either.