AT&T has been forced to apologize for a series of social media posts regarding 9/11 that many called tasteless, tacky, and altogether repulsive.
One must wade cautiously into the waters of anything 9/11-related, even 12 years after the terrorist attacks that shocked the world. For many, the wounds are still fresh and any attempt to capitalize on the significance of the day to, I dunno, promote your own product will be met with a loud chorus of groans. AT&T sure stepped in it with this tweet posted early Wednesday afternoon:
AT&T posted the same image and “never forget” message to their official Facebook and Instagram accounts.
The backlash was quick, and severe.
“You are using 9/11 to advertise your product – you should be ashamed,” said one Twitter user.
“Who at AT&T though this was a good idea?” tweeted another. “Words fail – just a terrible decision.”
AT&T quickly removed all of the posts from their various social media accounts and tweeted an apology:
We apologize to anyone who felt our post was in poor taste. The image was solely meant to pay respect to those affected by the 9/11 tragedy.
— AT&T (@ATT) September 11, 2013
Not the most offensive thing in the world – but definitely not a great idea. Come on, AT&T. You should’ve seen this one coming.
Image via Twitter