Funny. It seems the Octolings, the perceived enemy, where more afraid of the Inklings than the Inklings were of the Octolings.
To us, the observer, Nintendo started an actual race war. But to them, it's just friendly competition between equals. Though I do fear one thing. According to splatfest law, the winner of the splatfest is legally better than the losing party. I'm sure it was probably a one off joke, but it's still there.