The graphics team at FOX is under major scrutiny this weekend because of its use of Baseball Night in America graphics, which were superimposed over the 9/11 Memorial reflecting pools. MLB fans across the country are talking about the network’s poor taste.
Saturday night, the Boston Red Sox played the New York Yankees in FOX’s Baseball Night in America primetime game. During one of the transitions of the contest, FOX superimposed the logos of both teams over the 9/11 Memorial reflective pools using an aerial shot.
Social media erupted after the image was posted. Several people bashed FOX for its “offensive” use of the graphics. Below are just some of the reactions from Twitter:
The pools at Ground Zero memorialize those who lost their lives during the attacks on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. The names of the 2,977 victims who died are engraved on the bronze parapets surrounding the site.
According to the 9/11 Memorial & Museum website, both pools occupy an acre and are the largest man-made waterfalls in North America. This September marks the 21st anniversary of the horrific attacks on the United States.
No Immediate Statement or Apology from FOX
Despite the immediate backlash regarding the graphic, FOX did not immediately release a statement or an apology. As of Sunday morning, the network still had not commented.
Typically, networks are pretty quick to release a statement in this type of situation. Cleary, FOX did not take that approach to the criticism.
The blunder from FOX’s graphics team overshadowed the actual game between the Red Sox and Yankees Saturday night. New York defeated Boston 14-1 in the second of a three-game series. The Red Sox took the first game 5-4. Sunday, the two teams will meet in the final game of the series before heading into the All-Star break.
Will FOX eventually release a statement or apology? We’ll keep our eyes out to see if the network finally comments on the unpopular graphic.