Whoever was running the official Times Square Ball Twitter account dropped the ball last night.
A series of quickly-deleted tweets from the account not only facetiously referred to the ball dropping ceremony as ‘racist,’ but it also mocked the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement.
via NY Daily News:
Social media users were up in arms over the tweets – the first sent at 9:47 p.m. and the second at 10:43 p.m. – that bizzarely touched on the “dismal” U.S. economy while also equating the 108-year-old ball drop to a racist institution.
“The ball this year has become Racist due to the dismal state of our economy in 2015,” an unidentified social media manager tweeted just after 10:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve before abruptly deleting the message.
Earlier in the evening, as the event swelled to more than a million people, @TimesSquareBall tweeted to its 20,000 followers “#BallLivesMatter,” a spin on the Black Lives Matter movement that the handle used multiple times yesterday.
“The tweet was unacceptable and indefensible. As soon as event organizers became aware of it, it was removed immediately,” Times Square New Year’s Eve said in a statement.
“The person responsible was an independent freelancer and will not be engaged again.”
It’s sad that Black people can’t even enjoy a festive New Year’s Eve tradition without feeling attacked.