TWITTER EXPLODES AFTER KRISTI YAMAGUCHI TELLS NANCY KERRIGAN TO ‘BREAK A LEG’March 23, 2017
There’s no skating around this issue!
Kristi Yamaguchi caused a social media meltdown after she used a bad choice of words to send well wishes to fellow Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan, prior to her premiere on Dancing with the Stars.
“So excited for you @NancyAKerrigan! Can’t wait to see you grace that ballroom floor, break a leg! #DWTS,” the 45-year-old wrote on Twitter.
— Kristi Yamaguchi (@kristiyamaguchi) March 20, 2017
That tweet gets the gold!
While Yamaguchi – who won DWTS back in 2008 – most likely had good intentions, fans couldn’t help associate the word phrasing with Kerrigan’s 1994 attack at the hands of the husband of then-rival Tonya Harding.
Kerrigan was struck in her right knee with a baton just prior to the ’94 Olympics. The assailant was found to have been hired by Harding‘s then-husband Jeff Gillooly and bodyguard at the time.
After the attack, Kerrigan was famously heard screaming, “Why, why, why?”
Following the tweet, fans unleashed a barrage of memes and gifs showing shock and awe and overall hilarity.
— Alec Mapa (@AlecMapa) March 23, 2017
— Ian McLaren (@iancmclaren) March 23, 2017
— John Asante (@jkbasante) March 22, 2017
— Carmichael Dave (@CarmichaelDave) March 22, 2017
— Ξvan Ross Katz (@evanrosskatz) March 22, 2017
— Abbi Crutchfield (@curlycomedy) March 22, 2017
But Kerrigan didn’t seem fazed by the controversy and tweeted back: “Thank you so much Kristi! I’m excited to get this started said for the advice you had for me. this its a blast!”
Thank you so much Kristi! I’m excited to get this started said for the advice you had for me. this its a blast! https://t.co/MMagD7gLgw
— Nancy Kerrigan (@NancyAKerrigan) March 20, 2017
Yamaguchi has yet to official respond or comment on the situation.
Do you think Yamaguchi’s verbiage was an honest mistake or was she trying to be funny?
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