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KLM Tweet: Dutch Airline Slammed for 'Joke' After Mexico World Cup Loss

By    |   Monday, 30 Jun 2014 01:48 PM

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is under fire after tweeting a so-called "racist" message after the Netherlands' 2-1 World Cup win over Mexico on Sunday.

The airline took to its official Twitter account after the game Sunday, posting "Adios Amigos!" along with a picture of a "Departure" sign and a caricature of a Mexican man in a sombrero.

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The tweet immediately ruffled feathers among people online, including Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal, who wrote, "@KLM I'm never flying your sh—y airline again. F— you big time."







KLM later deleted the tweet.

"It was meant to be a joke," airline spokeswoman Lisette Ebeling Koning said in a statement. "But there was too much negative reaction."

Delta found itself in a similar situation earlier this month when it tweeted out a photo of a giraffe to reference the United States' World Cup victory over Ghana. 

"The original tweet was made in the spirit of the World Cup," a Delta spokeswoman said in a statement at the time. "We apologized for the photo, but at this point it's been replaced and that's where we're at."

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