The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Water works to ensure that drinking water is safe and focuses on the safety of aquatic ecosystems.
But the office sent a tweet Monday night that didn’t have much to do with water.
“I’m now a C-List celebrity in Kim Kardashian: Hollywood,” the tweet said in reference to her new gaming app. “Come join me and become famous too by playing on iPhone!”
The tweet remained visible for hours, plugging the popular mobile game that allows you to join a cartoon version of Kardashian on a red carpet adventure, performing tasks to increase your celebrity profile.
Thousands of people responded to the tweet, sharing it and commenting as confusion grew. Eventually, it was deleted.
The game’s developers, Glu Games, poked fun at the situation, writing “Keep at it @EPAwater, you’ll get there.”
U.S. Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., wondered what happened.
“I’m the last original author of the Clean Water Act, but I have no idea who/what a Kardashian is and I rarely play games. You OK, @EPAWater?” he wrote.
I'm the last original author of the Clean Water Act, but I have no idea who/what a Kardashian is and I rarely play games. You OK, @EPAwater?— John Dingell (@john_dingell) July 22, 2014
Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, from Texas was more blunt.
“I hope the Kardashians don’t mind being associated with something that spends millions without contributing to society,” he wrote.
I hope the Kardashians don't mind being associated with something that spends millions without contributing to society. @EPAwater— Rep. Steve Stockman (@SteveWorks4You) July 22, 2014
Others found humor in the office’s mistake, as well as its C-List status.
Congrats @EPAwater on your Kardashian game success. If you can solve Kim K's complex problems, you can do great things with our environment.— Alex Kantrowitz (@Kantrowitz) July 22, 2014
.@EPAwater Would you classify that Kardashian game a Superfun site?— delrayser (@delrayser) July 22, 2014