KLM Tweets Offensive Image: Celebrities & Others Respond

Not cool, KLM Airlines. 

The Netherlands' Royal Dutch Airlines (better known by the abbreviation KLM) is facing heat after tweeting an offensive image. 

Following the Netherlands controversial World Cup victory over El Tri, the company tweeted: "Adios Amigos! #NEDMEX" with a photo that featured a caricature of a Mexican man donning a sombrero and prominant mustache.

Obviously, some Mexican fans were pretty upset, especially following a heartbreaking loss. Actor Gael Garcia Bernal took to Twitter to express his extreme feelings about the photo: "@KLM I'm never flying your shitty airline again. Fuck you big time."

The tweet was deleted, and the company apologized on Sunday night. "In the best of sportsmanship, we offer our heartfelt apologies to those who have been offended by the coment," said Marnix Fruitema, director general of KLM in North America.  

Take note, KLM. Mexican national carrier AeroMexico tweeted its own response to the game -- and it's pure class. Alongside a photo of an Arrivals sign, they wrote in Spanish: "Thank you for this great championship. You've made us proud and we're waiting for you at home."

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Cristina Arreola, Associate Editor

Cristina Mari Arreola is the Associate Editor. Originally from El Paso, Texas, she earned her degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University before moving to New York City. In her downtime, you can usually find her scouring the city for the most authentic Mexican food (still looking), scaring herself silly watching horror movies, or frantically reading a novel from her (extremely lengthy) reading list. See what she's reading now on Goodreads, and follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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