The Mercury News published a terrible Twitter headline on Thursday evening when Simone Manuel won the gold for the women's 100m freestyle. She became the first African-American woman to win an individual Olympic medal in swimming Thursday night, tying for gold with Penny Oleksiak of Canada. Manuel and Oleksiak both touched the wall in 52.70 seconds, breaking the Olympic record by one one-hundredth of a second.
The headline, perhaps intended to note a historic night for two American athletes, truly missed the mark:
Twitter users immediately pointed out the unfortunate choice of words:
Mercury News' headline about Simone Manuel is equivalent to Donald Trump asking "Where's my African-American?" 🙄🙄🙄🙄— Karen Datangel (@DatKaren) August 12, 2016
I've always had a problem with the mercury news. These fucks are 20 miles away from Simone Manuel's school 😑 https://t.co/DXy8R44NiG— Philip Bank$ (@PhilDeezNuts) August 12, 2016