July 1, 2022

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Houston Texans’ ‘Happy Passover’ tweet evokes laughs, mild outrage

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The Houston Texans social media team dared to tread on the risky waters of religion Friday, and it mostly paid off. The Texans tweeted “Happy Passover to all who celebrate!” along with photoshopped images of Brandin Cooks and Brevin Jordan holding giant matzos instead of footballs.

Passover is a Jewish holiday that commemorates the Israelites liberation from slavery in Egypt. This year’s observance begins April 15 and during the seven-day feast of unleavened bread, matzo is the only type of bread Jewish people often eat.

Initially, the post, which had received more than 7,500 likes and 2,400 retweets as of Friday afternoon, drew some backlash, but eventually the majority agreed it was funny and not in poor taste. The tweet was worth it just to entertain everyone who took the time to read all the replies.

Former Texans player and current SportsRadio 610 host Seth Payne nailed it by saying, “The Texans have offended people who are too lazy to google Passover.”

Former NFL offensive tackles and brothers Mitchell and Geoff Schwartz, who are Jewish, seemed to think the tweet was funny.

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The Ringer’s Rodger Sherman also approved.

Some compared the Texans’ daring to live dangerously to other brands’ failures while trying to commemorate a holiday, particularly Florida State photshopping Martin Luther King Jr., doing the Seminoles’ Tomahawk Chop on MLK Day.

Credit to the Texans for withstanding some of the initial social media backlash and not deleting the tweet, allowing everyone to see the hilarious replies.



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