People Are Pissed About These Tweets From the Times Square Ball (Yes, You Read That Right)

People Are Pissed About These Tweets From the Times Square Ball (Yes, You Read That Right)
Source: Getty Images
Source: Getty Images

It turns out if balls could talk, they would have some ignorant things to say. On New Year's Eve, the Times Square Ball retweeted — from its verified Twitter account — a Men's Health recipe for making your own edible Times Square Ball. They added "Cannibals!" which might have been funny, had they not followed it up with the hashtag #BallLivesMatter. They went on to tweet the hashtag out again, without any context.

The tweets were quickly deleted, but not before outlets like the Daily Caller could screenshot them, and not before Twitter users could respond. 

Others thought people were overreacting to what was meant to be a joke, or chalked it up to "political correctness" gone too far.

Still, the hashtag served as an important reminder that people are still trivializing the movement to protect black lives in the U.S. 

In a statement, a spokesperson for New Year's Eve in Times Square said, "The Tweet was unacceptable and indefensible. As soon as event organizers became aware of it, it was removed immediately. The person responsible was an independent freelancer and will not be engaged again."

Jan. 4, 2016. 11:35 a.m. This story has been updated to include comment from a spokesperson for New Year's Eve in Times Square.

How likely are you to make Mic your go-to news source?

Marie Solis

Marie is a Slay staff writer with focuses in culture and class. Her writing has appeared in Gothamist and the Awl. You can reach her at marie@mic.com.

MORE FROM

Angela Merkel sharply criticizes Donald Trump on climate change without ever mentioning his name

"Whoever thinks that the problems of this world can be solved by protectionism and isolation lives under a huge misconception," Merkel said.

Top Pope aide charged with sexual assault vows to fight his "relentless character assassination"

Pell is the highest-ranking Catholic Church official to be ensnared in the church's sexual abuse scandal.

'Hot Mic' podcast: Sterling family lawsuit, Low approval for GOP health care, Trump hotel sued

The important stories to get you caught up for Thursday.

CNN's Van Jones allegedly says the Trump Russia stories are "a big nothing burger"

He's the second CNN insider this week to apparently denounce the network's Russia coverage.

Conservative columnist Bret Stephens joins MSNBC

Stephens will remain a columnist at The New York Times.

Department of Homeland Security announces new airline security rules

The new measures could help end the electronics ban.

Angela Merkel sharply criticizes Donald Trump on climate change without ever mentioning his name

"Whoever thinks that the problems of this world can be solved by protectionism and isolation lives under a huge misconception," Merkel said.

Top Pope aide charged with sexual assault vows to fight his "relentless character assassination"

Pell is the highest-ranking Catholic Church official to be ensnared in the church's sexual abuse scandal.

'Hot Mic' podcast: Sterling family lawsuit, Low approval for GOP health care, Trump hotel sued

The important stories to get you caught up for Thursday.

CNN's Van Jones allegedly says the Trump Russia stories are "a big nothing burger"

He's the second CNN insider this week to apparently denounce the network's Russia coverage.

Conservative columnist Bret Stephens joins MSNBC

Stephens will remain a columnist at The New York Times.

Department of Homeland Security announces new airline security rules

The new measures could help end the electronics ban.