On Sunday, social media and pop culture news website Mashable jumped to report on the massive protest near the Washington Redskins stadium in Washington D.C.
The crowd, Mashable reported, was rallying to force the team to change its “racist” name. Mashable also helpfully included a photo of the big rally showing twelve whole people who were in attendance.
— Mashable (@mashable) December 28, 2014
In her article, Mashable’s Laura Vito claimed that “more than 100 demonstrators” gathered a third of a mile from FedExField at a rally to change the name of the team. She also sonorously noted that “Sunday’s rally is just the latest in ongoing protests against the NFL team’s name.”
But Mashable chose a very unfortunate photo to affix to its tweet flogging Vito’s article. It was a photo that brought a lot of scoffing and rib-poking for the Mashable team.
The photo used to illustrate the tweet about Vito’s report showed only 12 protesters at the rally—two of them little kids.
This photo of a big 12 rally attendees brought the Twitter wags out in full force.
The best retort was from Alan Robertson:
— Alan Robertson (@warobertson) December 28, 2014
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