On the 72nd anniversary of Japan’s surprise attack on the US naval base at Pearl Harbor, SpaghettiOs thought that it would be a good idea to mark the solemn occasion by sending out the following tweet:
Needless to say, not everyone agreed:
— Andy Levy (@andylevy) December 7, 2013
— Wil Wheaton (@wilw) December 7, 2013
— Daniel (@TheUnDaniel) December 7, 2013
I think @SpaghettiOs is gonna have an opening for a new social media manager in a few hours.
— Gift of the Maggie (@maggieserota) December 7, 2013
Even if the SpaghettiOs people may have goofed, remember: FINALLY, canned pasta has weighed in on Pearl Harbor Day!
— Julie Klausner (@julieklausner) December 7, 2013
Even comedian Patton Oswalt jumped onto the SpaghettiOs dogpile:
“I know how we’ll fix this! Somebody photoshop Mr. O shaking hands with Mandela!” — damage control at the @SpaghettiOs Twitter feed
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) December 7, 2013
Patton Oswalt’s suggestion that Mr. SpaghettiO be Photoshopped was all that people needed, and the Photoshop floodgates were suddenly thrust wide open:
All of this proved to be too much for SpaghettiOs, who sent out the following apology tweet:
We apologize for our recent tweet in remembrance of Pearl Harbor Day. We meant to pay respect, not to offend.
— SpaghettiOs (@SpaghettiOs) December 7, 2013
Some folks thought that SpaghettiOs might have actually benefited from this “bad publicity.”
Yeah, yeah, keep laughing, but I bet you guys hadn’t thought of @SpaghettiOs in years until yesterday.
— Seph Barker (@seph_barker) December 7, 2013
It’s true, I haven’t thought of SpaghettiOs in ages. Actually, a bowl does sound pretty good right now. Damn, I didn’t see that coming.
SpaghettiOs, that’s what your Pearl Harbor tweet should have been: