It happened during the World Cup Final and, of course, it happened again during the gold medal game of the 2012 Olympics. The USA played Japan and, inevitably, "Pearl Harbor" and "Japs" trended on Twitter. Because people are awful, of course.
Want a sample of why those terms were trending? Read on.
that was for pearl harbor
#USA — jess phïnn (@jesssie_jay) August 9, 2012
That was for Pearl Harbor — Duncan Ceriani(@dunk_thefunk) August 9, 2012
Payback for Pearl Harbor
#USA 🇺🇸⚽ — Allison Ganey (@al_bail) August 9, 2012
This ones for Pearl Harbor you Japs.
#America #USWNT — Logan Hamm (@Logan_Hamm14) August 9, 2012
Pearl harbor redemption 🇺🇸🇺🇸 — Lane Vannoy (@LaneVannoy2) August 9, 2012
That was for pearl harbor!
#USA — Jake DeAngeles (@J_DeAngeles21) August 9, 2012
#peopledontforget — Ryan Gallenstein (@Crusaders20) August 9, 2012
about time we got some revenge on the japs for pearl harbor — Rollo(@rollinsjaggers) August 9, 2012
That one was for pearl harbor.....suck it — Nick Chambers (@CHAMB_Simmonds) August 9, 2012
That was for pearl harbor bitchezzz — Danny Korduba (@DannyKorduba) August 9, 2012
That wasn't for Pearl Harbor. It was a damn soccer game. Please, for the love of everything, stop doing this, guys. It doesn't reflect well on any of us. Stop being awful.