After the United States ran off to a 4-0 lead over Japan in the Women's World Cup final on Sunday, some game-related keywords started to trend on Twitter demonstrating the nationwide interest the U.S. women’s national team had captured. Many of the trends seemed to be fairly innocuous, like #USAvJPN, “Alex Morgan,” “Tobin Heath,” and “Julie Johnston.” But, unfortunately, one of the trends showed why the United States just can’t have nice things—like historically dominant World Cup final performances—without a few knuckleheads screwing things up, when “Pearl Harbor” became one of the top trending topics on Twitter. Some representative Tweets of the same stupid joke getting posted over and over again:
USA dishing out that Pearl Harbor payback— Jake Kulwicki (@jake7987) July 6, 2015
this karma for pearl harbor— ¢ (@cvdric) July 5, 2015
THIS IS FOR PEARL HARBOR— ChrisPratt'sStuntman (@TheLOLLcano) July 5, 2015
Japan wishing they never bombed Pearl Harbor right about now...— Joe Head (@JoeHeadTV) July 5, 2015
Wow. Someone forgot to tell the U.S. Women’s team that we already avenged Pearl Harbor. #USAvJPN— TED (@EpicureanDeal) July 5, 2015
As some noted, the trend was probably amplified by people noting and/or scolding the fact that the trend existed.
Judging by what I see, Pearl Harbor is trending because people are complaining about Pearl Harbor trending. #TwitterTrollsItself— Cauchy (@Suppose_Not) July 6, 2015
Perhaps the best thing to do is forget this ever happened and just rewatch the first 16 minutes of the game.