The Chicago Bears social media team decided to take a shot at Aaron Rodgers’ recent break up and everyone freaked out.
According to a People report published this past Friday, Green Bay Packers star quarterback Aaron Rodgers and actress Olivia Munn have ended their relationship after 3 years together. Now for some this was genuinely sad news, but in the eyes of a bitter rival, this was an opportunity that the Chicago Bears felt they couldn’t pass up.
The Bears’ official twitter posted the above gif of Aaron Rodgers and captioned it #FridayFeeling. Petty? Definitely. In bad taste? Perhaps. Hilarious? Absolutely. Of course for many Packers fans, the tweet was not funny at all. Checking the mentions of the tweet showed a surprising amount of outrage.
It didn’t take too long for the Bears’ social media team to delete the tweet. But was this really the right move? They had to have known the tweet would spark some serious backlash. While many people took this situation way too seriously, the fact is that it really was just a lighthearted jab at rival team. It’s the Bears and the Packers for goodness sake! Is one tweet taking a swing at Aaron Rodgers really that big of a deal?
I’m not suggesting that there shouldn’t have been any backlash for the tweet. Considering for the most part Aaron Rodgers has absolutely owned the Bears for years, a response of some kind definitely should have been expected. The point is that none of this is a bad thing. The internet and social media have given professional teams a new platform to interact with each other. Virtual trash talk between teams isn’t something to be ashamed of. It’s entertaining. And if a team can’t handle the heat, don’t send out the tweet!