Andy Murray became the first British man to win Wimbledon Sunday since Fred Perry in 1936. The 26-year-old Scot defeated Novak Djokovic, 6-4 7-5 6-4, becoming Scotland’s first men’s singles Wimbledon champ since Harold Mahony in 1896.
The New York Times promptly filed a story on Murray’s victory, headline: After 77 Years, Murray and England Rule. And as soon as @nytimes tweeted the link to the story, with the verbatim text of the headline, Twitter let the Times know that they didn’t appreciate the implication that Murray was English.
The Times updated the article online almost instantaneously - and will probably post a correction at some point - with the headline: After 77 Years, Murray and Britain Rule. Still, the tweet remains. And the Twitter criticism from English and Scottish supporters of Murray (and probably a few non-Brits who just like Twitter fights) will not stop.
@nytimes @plasmatron Ouch… Do you think it was the last time a Murray win could make England and Welsh people proud? #indyref
.@nytimes C’mon, Andy Murray is from Scotland. This is basic geography.
.@nytimes ARE you fucking’ shitting me? ENGLAND? ENGLAND? OMFG… America lead the world…. buy a friggin’ atlas and learn first, eh?