Delta Airlines thinks Ghana has giraffes and commits the first social media fail of the World Cup

Graham Watson
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United States' Clint Dempsey turns away and celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the group G World Cup soccer match between Ghana and the United States at the Arena das Dunas in Natal, Brazil, Monday, June 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

Delta became the first casualty of social media inaccuracy following USA’s 2-1 win over Ghana during the World Cup on Monday.

[Related: John Brooks' late goal gives U.S. 2-1 win over Ghana in World Cup opener ]

The airline giant tweeted out a congratulatory message to Team USA with a picture of the Statue of Liberty and the No. 2 and then a picture of a giraffe and the No. 1 to represent the score.

Only problem is that there are no giraffes in Ghana.

Sorry Delta, not all African countries feature all of the animals you get to see at the zoo. The use of this stereotype was noted by pretty much everyone with an Internet connection or data plan and the backlash came fast and fierce.

It prompted Delta to issue an apology — twice.

The first version of this tweet, which was deleted, actually had Delta apologizing for its “precious” tweet.

Perhaps if Delta tweets out after the U.S.-Portugal game, they’ll use a totally accurate picture of a matador.

Graham Watson is the editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email her at or follow her on Twitter

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