2018 Olympics: NBC Apologizes To South Korean Over Correspondent's 'Ignorant' Comments (VIDEO)

2018 Winter Olympics

2018 Winter Olympics:

NBC Apologizes To South Korean over Correspondent's 'Ignorant' Comments

 

NBC Sports has had to apologize for an inflammatory comment their Asian correspondent made during Friday's Opening Ceremony.

The comment, (a seemingly innocuous one if you're unfamiliar with Korean history), led to tens of thousands of angry social media posts condemning it.

Unfortunately, it was uttered by NBC Asian correspondent Joshua Cooper Ramo.

The comment was this... that "every Korean" respected Japan for their recent achievements as a nation.

This implies that South Korea has forgotten the 35 years of oppressive and brutal Japanese rule over their country from 1910 to 1945 at the end of World War II.

 

  Jung Min-ho of The Korea Times wrote this:

"His incorrect and insensitive comment about Korea's history has enraged many of [Korea's] people,"

NBC issued an apology only a few hours later.

In a statement read live on NBCSN early Saturday morning, anchor Carolyn Manno said this:

"During our coverage of the Parade of Nations on Friday we said it was notable that

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made the trip to Korea for the Olympics,

"representing Japan, a country which occupied Korea from 1910 to 1945, but every Korean will tell you that Japan is a cultural, technological and economic example that has been so important to their own transformation."

We understand the Korean people were insulted by these comments and we apologize."

 

In light of recent tensions between the Koreas, as well as the United States, sweeping comments like this should probably be tempered.

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