GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - There wasn't much talking going on at the Gospel Explosion in Gulfport, but that didn't mean the now notorious Biloxi tweet wasn't in the back of everyone's mind.
"At first it was really hard for me to believe. I actually read it and re-read it because I kind of felt like, no, that's not what they're saying," said Ritchie Moffett.
The controversial tweet referring to MLK Junior Day as Great Americans Day doesn't sit well with many. In fact, it sparks outrage in most.
"I lost my mind because I remember when they did this Great American Day that was back several years ago, and it was crazy then," said Gwendolyn Beck.
Hollie Parimon's son, who lives more than 500 miles away, called her when he first saw it on social media.
"My son from Dallas, Texas called me in regards to the tweet that was going around in Biloxi Mississippi, and he was very upset about it," said Parimon.
Bonnie Martin of McComb hasn't seen the online firestorm, but calls it a slap in the face to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and what he went through.
"Mississippi, it's like we're already fighting to be better and something's always putting us down," said Martin.
One Gulfport resident says he has faith the current Biloxi city leaders will make it right.
"I'm still a little stunned by what's going on, but I feel like the outcome is going to be great. I understand that there is a meeting coming, and I feel like people are going to share their personal testimonies on what that day means and I think everything is going to be fine," said Moffett.