Michael Jordan released a statement this week, speaking out against the ongoing violence between the African American community and the police force in the US.
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He also proved himself to be an even bigger legend than he already is by donating $1 million to both the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s newly established Institute for Community-Police Relations and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
This story was picked up by a newspaper over in Malawi. Now while this is decent topic to talk about, their choice of picture was far from normal. Yes, as you can see by the image above, they decided to use the ‘Crying MJ’ photo. That meme has been circulating since 2014 – has the editor not been on the internet in all that time?
Lmaoooooooooo Malawian newspaper really used that pic of all pics. Ati "photograph BBC" Dead dead dead pic.twitter.com/kPIXMoGqbf
— 20/08/16 (@daliballz) July 27, 2016
I mean, I guess had you not seen literally every other meme that’s come out in the last couple of years, you would assume that this is the perfect picture for the story. But as we all know, ‘Crying MJ’ is a meme machine and this hilarious choice of image has completely overshadowed the serious nature of the story. Hey ho, there’s no such thing as bad publicity I guess.
And this is no way near as bad as the time an editor accidentally published the headline ‘Kill All The Jews’ because he was on hangover. Woops.