The San Jose Giants, a farm team for the San Francisco Giants, was forced to apologize earlier this month after it shared a tone-deaf tweet to celebrate its annual Japanese Heritage Night.
The tweet, a GIF that has since been deleted, featured three of the minor league players wearing traditional yukata-style bathrobes, with one person doing karate-like kicks, another fanning himself and a third bowing while wearing a rice farmer hat, The Mercury News reported.
After seeing the tweet, some Giants fans complained to the team, calling the tweet insensitive, offensive and racist.
Wtf is wrong with u guys? Take this down, it's incredibly offensive and racist— ks (@_lvmbs_) September 6, 2017
This is super racist and tacky.— Sharyn (@seveneleven808) September 6, 2017
You might want to rethink how racist this presentation of this heritage night is. Cc @SFGiants— Whiskey]]>🥃