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NY Times offended readers with chopsticks photo. Backlash was brutal.

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Americans may have a little too much free time on their hands.

The New York Times found itself the target of plenty of backlash over the inclusion of chopsticks in a story about an “Asian-inspired” steak house.

Social media users accused The Times of cultural insensitivity over the placement of the chopsticks.

As seen in the photograph, the chopsticks are positioned in an upright manner in the dishes, which is a chopstick etiquette faux pas, according to Fox News. The network said this indicates death or suggests a funeral offering in Japanese culture.

While Americans might be excused for not knowing there’s such a thing as chopsticks etiquette, there is.

And folks feel pretty strongly about it.

Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:

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