A group of Texas cheerleaders have come under criticism on social media after performing a routine to the soundtrack of audio from 9/11.
The video, which was posted online to mark the 14th anniversary of the tragedy, has since been viewed more than 20 million times and some people have reacted on Twitter calling it out to be ‘tasteless’ and ‘cringeworthy’.
The team who attend Lumberton High School in Texas, back-flipped and jumped to God Bless the USA before continuing to dance to clippings from early news reports and George Bush's first speech after the disaster.
You can watch the full routine video here:
Cheerleaders 9/11 routine. So good, it'll make you cry.Posted by Crystalynn Petoskey on Friday, 11 September 2015
Snippets included soundbites from various news reports, one stating: “Oh my god another plane has hit another building,
“Exploding into the middle of it… explosions, huge explosions. A large section of the building has blown out.”
People flocked to Twitterverse, sprouting their range of opinions on the issue:
Omg, that 9/11 cheerleader video has to be the most cringeworthy thing I've seen in a long time. Get a clue.— Jess Desserts (@thejessdesserts) September 13, 2015
lumberton cheerleaders 9/11 performance was probably the best thing I've ever watched!— Smalley (@_weslynsmalley) September 12, 2015
This may be the world’s most inappropriate 9/11 tribute. Somebody thought this was a good idea. https://t.co/LGoMRK0dRo— Teresa (@TeresaKopec) September 12, 2015
just watched the lumberton cheerleader's 9/11 performance and it gave me chills that was awesome— Sydney (@sydneysatcher07) September 12, 2015
Am I the only one who thinks the stupid lumberton cheerleaders routine for 9/11 was disturbing???— Eli (@quetzoul) September 14, 2015
In response to the backlash, Lauren Sheffield, the teams coach told Buzzfeed News: “We do this because we believe it is very important to honor and remember the first responders, those who gave their lives, and those who still mourn the hole left by lost loved ones."
This is not the first time that a high-school routine has come under scrutiny from the internet and earlier this month a marching band apologised after forming a "penis" at their half time show.
The procession - recorded on video footage by onlookers - spread across Twitter as users on the social network tried to decipher what the routine was supposed to represent.