It’s been a few days since the opening of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and already we’ve got quite a few social media gaffes — some of them even before the arrival of the Olympic flame at the stadium. Whatever happens at these Olympics, these fails will always make us scratch our heads. Here are four of the worst social media blunders of the 2012 Olympics so far:
1. NBC Still Stuck in 1992
While the rest of the world had a glimpse of the Olympic opening ceremony live on television or streaming on the web, the USA had to deal with NBC’s decisions to delay it for television and not streaming it on the Web. Luckily, NMR viewers had a chance to watch the opening ceremony live in its entirety last Friday without the inane and stupid commentary from the folks from the “Today Show” — with billions of dollars spent to keep the Olympics, you would have thought they would have known what Tim Berners-Lee did. Take that, NBC!
2. Keep Your Cool
In every sport, it’s good manners that when you lose, you lose graciously. Unfortunately, somebody forgot to tell that to Swiss soccer player Michel Morganella. After his team lost to South Korea 2-1 over the weekend, he couldn’t stand the torment and abuse from fans. His solution? Taking it out on Twitter. The right back tweeted: “Je les tous Defonce Coréens, allez vous tous Bruler, bande de trisos,” which translates to: “I want to beat up all South Koreans! Bunch of mentally handicapped retards!”. His tweet didn’t sit well with the public, and he was forced to apologize for his remarks. Morganella has since deleted his Twitter account and will likely get the boot from the Olympics.
3. You Can’t Tweet That
Morganella isn’t the only Olympian who got the boot for being Twitter-happy (or enraged in his case). A few days before the Opening Ceremony, Greek triple jumper Voula Papachristou made a tweet that sent her packing home. She tweeted: “With so many Africans in Greece, the West Nile mosquitoes will be getting home food!!!” Had she not made that tweet, she could have made her presence known in London. Now, she’ll be sitting at home swatting those mosquitoes and wishing that all that hard work didn’t go for nothing.
4. Flag Mixup
If there’s one country you don’t want to mess with as far as placing the wrong flag, it’s North Korea. Mistaking the national anthem of Kazakhstan for a song from “Borat” is one thing, but mixing up the North Korean flag with the South Korean one is an epic fail. The North Korean women’s soccer team didn’t take the fail in stride and boycotted the game against Colombia for an hour before returning to the field. Well, at least the North Koreans got their revenge by beating Colombia 2-0. In this day and age, it’s not hard searching for North Korea on Wikipedia or Google to find out the correct flag to place on the scoreboard.
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