Times Square New Year's Eve Ball is racist - Tweets #BallLivesMatter

Apr 2011
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Somebody dropped the ball. A pair of hastily deleted tweets from the official Times Square Ball Twitter handle blasted the event as "racist" and made a questionable reference to the Black Lives Matter movement hours before the clock struck midnight.

Social media users were up in arms over the tweets – the first sent at 9:47 p.m. and the second at 10:43 p.m. – that bizzarely touched on the "dismal" U.S. economy while also equating the 108-year-old ball drop to a racist institution.

"The ball this year has become Racist due to the dismal state of our economy in 2015," an unidentified social media manager tweeted just after 10:30 p.m. on New Year's Eve before abruptly deleting the message.

Earlier in the evening, as the event swelled to more than a million people, @TimesSquareBall tweeted to its 20,000 followers "#BallLivesMatter," a spin on the Black Lives Matter movement that the handle used multiple times yesterday.


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