Even if you weren’t cognizant of everything that was happening in 1994, you have likely heard about the infamous fugre skating scandal involving rivals Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan, wherein Harding’s husband arranged to have an assailant bash one of Kerrigan’s knees with a police baton. The assault very nearly cost Kerrigan her silver medal in the 1994 Winter Olympics.
Now, over 20 years later, Kerrigan is competing as a contestant on the 2017 season of Dancing With The Stars. One of Kerrigan’s figure skating peers, world champion Kristi Yamaguchi, reached out to Kerrigan via Twitter to offer her well-wishes in regards to the show (Yamaguchi competed on DWTS in 2008, and was the celebrity champion).
However, Yamaguchi’s wording in her tweet was … suspect.
“Break a leg.”
BREAK. A. LEG.
The only way the phrasing could have been worse is if Yamaguchi said “Break a kneecap!” How could such a clear verbal faux pas be unintentional?
Twitter was totally floored by such a brazen display of what appeared to be either savagery or naiveté.
Like … damn. Either Yamaguchi is the master of throwing shade, or she just made the most cringe-worthy social media slip-up. Either way, I’m kind of impressed.
Kerrigan seemed to take the Yamaguchi’s tweet at face value, thanking her for apparent encouragement.
It’s probable that Yamaguchi’s tweet will be deleted before long, but for now, let’s all bask in the warmth of this incredibly embarrassing Twitter moment.
And, for those of you dying to know, Dancing With The Stars airs on ABC on Monday nights. Hopefully this particular Kerrigan competition is filled with slightly less drama (just kidding, nobody hopes that).