18th Jul 2012 12:25pm | By Laura Chubb
Hilariously, Virgin Atlantic's Facebook account has inspired a raft of sarcastic comments after it equated Richard Branson with Nelson Mandela, calling them both "inspirational leaders".
A photo of the billionaire businessman with the former South African president and anti-apartheid activist appeared with the caption: "Did you know these two inspirational leaders share a birthday? Happy Birthday Nelson Mandela & Richard Branson!"
One user posted, rather diplomatically, "With respect to Mr Branson, they're not quite inspirational in the same way."
We'd have to agree that this does appear to be a social media blunder - either that, or the Virgin boss has a rather inflated sense of his own achievements.
Another post read: "A very Happy Birthday to 2 very different but equally amazing and inspirational men :)", seemingly achieving both a dig at the comparison and a chance at some free airline tickets.
While one user left us wondering whether she was being sarcastic when she commented: "Happy Birthday Sir Richard!! You are an inspiration to me", another left us in no doubt when he wrote: "Richard Branson - for all his success - is not worthy to even share the same toilet as Mandela. Pathetic."
A more non-committal chap said:"Dunno if im comfortable with putting Mandela and Branson in the same league but happy bday i guess."
Perhaps the most well thought out comment read: "How can you put Mandela and Branson in the same group. Branson isn't inspirational. A guy who owns a multi national company and Mandela a true man had to fight for human rights. I know who I would call my leader."
We like that one lass resisted the temptation to call herself an inspirational leader too, simply posting: "They share a birthday with me....happy birthday boys xxx".