Olympics: Paper apologizes for 'racially insensitive' Simone Manuel headline

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News Outlet Issues Apology To Olympic Swimmer Simone Manuel

The San Jose Mercury News has apologized for the headline "Olympics: Michael Phelps shares historic night with African-American," that it ran after U.S. swimmer Simone Manuel won a gold medal at the Rio Olympics on Thursday.

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The original headline was ridiculed across social media for being racially insensitive.

The 20-year-old became the first African-American woman to win a gold in an individual swimming event when she tied with Canadian Penny Oleksiak in the 100 freestyle. However, her moment in history was underplayed by the paper.

The headline was later changed and the following message was added to the story: "The original headline on this story was insensitive and has been updated to acknowledge the historic gold medal wins by both Simone Manuel and Michael Phelps. We apologize for the original headline. The story has also been updated."

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Gold medallist USA's Simone Manuel wave her national flag during the medal ceremony of the Women's 100m Freestyle Final during the swimming event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 11, 2016. / AFP / Odd Andersen (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
CORRECTION - Gold medallists USA's Simone Manuel (L) and Canada's Penny Oleksiak (C) pose with bronze medallist Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom on the podium of the Women's 100m Freestyle Final during the swimming event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 11, 2016. / AFP / CHRISTOPHE SIMON / The erroneous mention appearing in the metadata of this photo by CHRISTOPHE SIMON has been modified in AFP systems in the following manner: BRONZE instead of SILVER. Please immediately remove the erroneous mention[s] from all your online services and delete it from your servers. If you have been authorized by AFP to distribute it to third parties, please ensure that the same actions are carried out by them. Failure to promptly comply with these instructions will entail liability on your part for any continued or post notification usage. Therefore we thank you very much for all your attention and prompt action. We are sorry for the inconvenience this notification may cause and remain at your disposal for any further information you may require. (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 11: Simone Manuel of the United States celebrates after winning gold in the Women's 100m Freestyle Final on Day 6 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on August 11, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 11: (L-R) Gold medalist Simone Manuel of the United States, gold medalist Penny Oleksiak of Canada and bronze medalist Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden celebrate on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Women's 100m Freestyle Final on Day 6 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on August 11, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 11: Simone Manuel of the United States reacts to tying for the win in the women's 100-meter freestyle final as co-gold medalist medalist Penny Oleksiak of Canada congratulates her at Rio 2016 on Thursday, August 11, 2016. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 11: Simone Manuel of the United States celebrates after winning gold in the Women's 100m Freestyle Final on Day 6 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on August 11, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 11: Simone Manuel of the United States celebrates after winning gold in the Women's 100m Freestyle Final on Day 6 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on August 11, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 11: Simone Manuel (L) of the United States and Penny Oleksiak (R) of Canada tie for the gold medal in the Women's 100m Freestyle Final on Day 6 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on August 11, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
USA's Simone Manuel competes in the Women's 100m Freestyle Semifinal during the swimming event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 10, 2016. / AFP / Martin BUREAU (Photo credit should read MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 10: Simone Manuel of the USA competes in the Women's 100m Freestyle Semifinals on Day 5 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on August 10, 2016 in Rio de Janerio, Brazil. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
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Manuel is a Stanford student so the San Jose Mercury News in Northern California is one of the local papers in that region. The headline now recognizes that regional connection, "Olympics: Stanford's Simone Manuel and Michael Phelps make history."

"This medal is not just for me," Manuel is quoted as saying in the story. "It's for a whole bunch of people that came before me and have been an inspiration to me. It's for all the people after me, who believe they can't do it. And I just want to be inspiration to others that you can do it."

The New York Daily News pointed out that the paper still didn't the second time with, "Olympics: Michael Phelps shares historic night Stanford's Simone Manuel."

They finally got it right on the third try.

Manuel's groundbreaking victory and Olympic-record time of 52.70 seconds won accolades from fellow athletes and entertainment stars alike in an outpouring of love on social media and hate from people who saw the original headline.

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