It was just a light-hearted Adolf Hitler joke, according to the man who tweeted it.
But it was met with a blitzkrieg of outrage.
Following Germany's 7-1 pounding of Brazil in Belo Horizonte Tuesday night, a Malaysian member of parliament sparked controversy when he sent out an awkward congratulations to the winners.
WELL DONE..BRAVO...LONG LIVE HITLER...— Bung Moktar Radin (@MyKinabatangan) July 8, 2014
Had this happened in Canada, the politician would have been blasted by "shirtless protesters" for days -- much like Toronto mayor Rob Ford.
Instead, Radin attempted to justify his comparison to one of the most brutal leaders the world has ever known.
"I don't know what's wrong with people sometimes," Radin told Malaysian newspaper The Star. "Hitler is part of history and the German team fought like how he did."
Well, other than the fact the German soccer team didn't systematically kill millions -- a minor detail, I suppose.
Germany's ambassador to the southeast Asian nation immediately condemned the Nazi leader's name being recalled.
"While we appreciate the admiration for the German football team, we strongly reject the unacceptable allusion to the fascist regime of Adolf Hitler," Holger Michael told the Malay Mail Online.
Despite German law prohibiting Nazi propaganda in everyday life, a small contingency of fanatical soccer supporters in Germany remain pro-Nazi extremists -- something the German federation and FIFA continue to snuff out.
Radin, however, was far from alone in tweeting World War II jokes. The term "Nazi" was trending on Twitter during the match.
Radin is unwavering in his assertion that his tweet was soccer-related.
ARGENTINA LITTLE LAX
It's a good thing Argentina's head-injury protocol is lax.
Well, a good thing for everyone on Argentina's World Cup roster other than Javier Mascherano, who made a game-saving tackle with minutes remaining after sustaining what appeared to be a serious head injury earlier in the match.
Midway through the first-half of Argentina's eventual semifinal win, the defensive-minded player was left Bambi-legged following a clash of heads with Dutchman Georginio Wijnaldum.
Mascherano took a few steps before collapsing to the turf.
It was scary. The right decision would have been to bring him off the pitch because of the unpredictability to head injuries.
To everyone's surprise, Argentina's medical staff didn't even appear to administer any sideline tests before allowing Mascherano to continue.
A similar thing happened with Uruguay's Alvaro Pereira earlier in the tournament.
Then, late in the match, Argentina's Pablo Zabaleta was appeared to be dazed after taking a shoulder to the chin.
Had this happened in Canada both players would have been taken to hospital for observation, which points to FIFA's head injury protocol being extremely outdated.
While it's unlikely the South American pair sustained any lingering damage, it's frightening to see head injuries left to chance.
WORSE THAN DEFEAT
Quick, who finished third at the 2006 World Cup?
If you replied, "who cares?" Pat yourself on the back.
Maybe worse than Brazil's 7-1 defeat by Germany here in Belo Horizonte is the fact the hosts have to play in a third-place match two days from now.
But despite pretty much everybody believing the World Cup's consolation prize is a waste of time, at least one prominent figure here is playing it up.
“The team pays a heavy price for their mistakes and now has an obligation to Brazil to get third place,” Football Espana quoted Ronaldo as saying in an interview with AS post-game. The Brazilian legend, who won the World Cup with Brazil in 2002, is calling on the embattled Brazilian national team to win it for the fans.
“They are the ones who suffer most with the frustration and the national team has to find a better result."
In truth, the Brazilian players would prefer to board planes and head back to Europe after being booed off the field here Tuesday night.
Nothing good can come from what will transpire Saturday in Brasilia.
If Brazil claims third, the fact remains they fell well short of expectations.
If Brazil drops another match, they'll be referred to as that much more of a disgrace.
"Be safe, Kurt," was the message I received at halftime of Brazil-Germany.
Looking back, however, Brazilians across this country almost respected the beating the Europeans put on them in Tuesday's semifinal.
There were no cars set on fire. There were no rioters in the streets.
Which got me thinking: Why is it that people in a much more developed city like Vancouver destroy the town following a Stanley Cup loss, but Brazilians simply walk home?