The U.S. Women’s team defeated Japan to win the gold medal this year at the London 2012 Olympics. This was one of the biggest grudge matches of the Olympics as Japan had defeated the U.S. women’s team in the 2011 World Cup.
As you might expect, people took to twitter to congratulate the team on their victory. There was a small percentage of that population who felt it necessary to contextualize the U.S. victory in a historical perspective:
Japan Probe has collected a few more of these messages but you kind of get the point.
This is why we need better education in the U.S. Anyone who’s ever read anything about World War II knows that the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were payback for Pearl Harbor. That score card has been settled years ago. And for good measure, we put Japanese Americans into relocation camps just to make sure we totally outscored the Japanese. If we’re going back to World War II, we’re up on the Japanese two to one. They bombed us one. We bombed them two AND put our own people in camps. If anything, Japan’s victory in the 2011 World Cup was payback for Nagasaki.
Using history in your insults can be tricky. If you have no idea what the fuck you’re talking about, you sound like a complete fucking moron. I find it so hard to get upset at these people because they just come off as absolute idiots. It also makes me worry about our education system. I mean, what kind of history are they teaching in schools if these morons think we still owe Japan for Pearl Harbor? You’d think with such jingoistic fervor, these dumb fucks would quite like to know that we’ve already paid them back.
To the rest of the world, we’re sorry that idiots like these can afford computer access but not real education. Clearly, we have failed on that front. These few idiots represent a very small, but very loud minority of people who speak in talking points fed to them by pundits from so-called news channels that are anything but. They don’t understand the true spirit of the Olympic games. We’re sorry you have to put up with their stupid shit. At least you don’t have to live with them.
Sidenote: Now, if they were to say this was payback for Nanking, well, that one might have some teeth. But again, that would take some education.