Twitter became the site of a bizarre social media celebration yesterday, with hundreds referencing the attack by the Imperial Japanese Navy on Pearl Harbor, and the U.S. bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, after the United States defeated Japan 5-2 at the FIFA Women’s World Cup final.
Tweets referencing the 1941 attack on the Hawaiian United States naval base, and the nuclear attack on the two Japanese cities inundated the social media network, some being favourited and retweeted thousands of times.
Hey Japan, that one was for Pearl Harbor. U-S-A, U-S-A, U-S-A.
— Cloyd Rivers (@CloydRivers) July 6, 2015
USA playin like we still pissed about Pearl Harbor…
— Sterling Smith (@grandcanyon77) July 5, 2015
That 4th one was for Pearl Harbor. #USA
— TA (@TaylorDTTT) July 5, 2015
USA getting payback right now for Pearl Harbor
— Fill Werrell (@FillWerrell) July 5, 2015
Following the flood of tweets, other users began chastising those making light of the historic events, urging them to stop.
If you’re tweeting Pearl Harbor jokes at us, please stop and log off — Stars and Stripes FC (@StarsStripesFC) July 5, 2015
Pearl Harbor isn’t funny. Hiroshima isn’t funny. Nagasaki isn’t funny. This isn’t WW2 this is a women’s soccer match in 2015 lol
— Taylor Perry (@Tayty_Perry) July 5, 2015
of course pearl harbor is trending now. did you think we could get through an international sporting event without being racist
— Churlish (@Cryptoterra) July 5, 2015
Everybody making hiroshima/nagasaki jokes…. yall wouldnt appreciate if japanese made pearl harbor jokes when they beat the US. Think.
— Camden Jones (@camden_jones7) July 5, 2015