The Netherlands’ flagship airline KLM has courted controversy by posting a racially insensitive tweet as an insult to injury on Mexico’s recent loss against the Netherlands in the Round of 16, at the FIFA World Cup 2014.
According to Mashable, the Royal Dutch Airlines tweeted a picture of a ‘Departures’ signboard accompanied with the caption “Adios Amigos #NEDVSMEX”.
Though the controversial tweet was swiftly deleted, those who caught it didn’t waste any time expressing their outrage via the popular micro-blogging platform.
Mexican actor and ‘The Motorcycle Diaries’ star Gael Garcia Bernal, was among the first to publicly berate the airline tweeting: “@KLM I’m never flying your shitty airline again. Fuck you big time”.
Twitter user Hiddles Tigress tweeted: “Apparently, @klm hasn’t been monitoring the #SayNoToRacism hashtag. ”.
A Mexican father George Triton was equally irate tweeting: “@KLM I use to fly your airline to visit my daughter in the UK, Not anymore after that racist tweet i’m Mex, my girl is half-mex, never again”.
But the best response by far had to be one from AeroMexico, Mexico’s flagship carrier that tweeted a picture of an ‘Arrivals’ signboard, as a stab against KLM, welcoming the national team home with the heartwarming caption: “Thanks for the great World Cup. We are proud and waiting at home”.
Mexico played some exquisite football at this year’s World Cup and even managed to keep a clean sheet against hosts and tournament favorites Brazil, courtesy of the dynamic showstopper Guillermo Ochoa. They managed to keep the Flying Dutchmen on stalemate till the dying minutes of injury time when El Tri Captain Rafael Marquez fouled Dutch midfielder Arjen Robben, giving away a crucial penalty.
But despite being eliminated, the Mexican team has won millions of hearts around the globe and left Brazil with their heads held high… It’s a shame the same can’t be said for KLM, who since the controversial tweet have buried their heads in the sand.