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“Pearl Harbor” Trending on Twitter. This Is Why the U.S. Can’t Have Nice Things.

Damnit, Twitter.

Screenshot of Twitter

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:

As some noted, the trend was probably amplified by people noting and/or scolding the fact that the trend existed.

Perhaps the best thing to do is forget this ever happened and just rewatch the first 16 minutes of the game.