LA Times Jumps On Twitter Debate, Immediately Regrets That Decision

LA Times Jumps On Twitter Debate, Immediately Regrets That Decision

The Los Angeles Times has found out the hard way that tweeting during a Twitter debate should sometimes be left alone. The publication’s tweet has sparked accusation of racism and comparing a person to an animal.

ERIN MARY Doyle
Posted by ERIN MARY Doyle

As B&T reported yesterday, Serena Williams won Sports Illustrated’s Sportperson Of The Year for her amazing year both on and off the tennis court. Some people were angry that racehorse American Pharoah didn’t take out the crown, especially since the horse won the online poll.

The Los Angeles Times, in an attempt to cover the controversy, only made matters worse by tweeting:

Twitter’s backlash was harsh and fast, here’s just a snippet of the response:

TheTimes hasn’t deleted the tweet. It has changed the headline to “Are fans right to be upset that Serena Williams beat American Pharoah for SI Sportsperson of the Year?”

They also issued a tweet apologising: