The Major League Baseball has come under fire after tweeting a picture of two Japanese players while referring to a meme about alikeness.
The tweet, which was immediately deleted, showed baseball stars Shohei Ohtani and Ichiro Suzuki shaking hands at Angel Stadium.
Ohtani, 24, is a pitcher and designated hitter for the Los Angeles Angels. He previously played for the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters in the Pacific League of Nippon Professional Baseball.
Suzuki, 44, is a retired outfielder who played for the Seattle Mariners.
Somehow, whoever handled MLB’s Twitter on Friday night had to make an exhausted joke that only led to a wave of backlash moments later.
The meme refers to a cartoon “Spider-Man” episode from 1967, which shows two people in Spider-Man costumes facing each other.
The image has since been used to denote alikeness, and in MLB’s case, to joke how Asians look the same.
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— Sung Min Kim (@sung_minkim) July 28, 2018
MLB writer Sung Min Kim saved a screenshot of the tweet and received comments condemning its clear problem.
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