For tv broadcasters worldwide, the parade of countries throughout the opening of the Olympics might be an train in diplomacy and international consciousness, with media shops resorting to trivia nuggets, athlete profiles and geopolitical musings to fill airtime.
However one South Korean broadcaster has apologized for its alternative of “inappropriate” photographs that appeared subsequent to the names of a number of nations on Friday throughout its protection of the opening ceremony.
The photographs drew criticism from viewers, who stated they have been offensive or had perpetuated stereotypes.
Because the contingent of Olympic athletes from Italy entered Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium for the parade of countries, the broadcaster, MBC, aired a photograph of a pizza.
For Norway? A chunk of salmon.
Then there was Ukraine, which the broadcaster reminded viewers was the place the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe occurred in 1986, full with a photograph of the doomed energy station.
“The photographs and captions are meant to make it simpler for the viewers to know the coming into nations shortly throughout the opening ceremony,” MBC stated in an announcement in English, revealed Saturday on Twitter. “Nevertheless, we admit there was an absence of consideration for the nations involved, and inspection was not thorough sufficient. It’s an inexcusable mistake.”
Raphael Rashid, a contract journalist based mostly in Seoul, drew attention to the images on Twitter.
“When Haitian athletes entered the stadium, an on-screen rationalization stated, ‘the political state of affairs is fogged by the assassination of the president,’” Mr. Rashid wrote. “When Syrian athletes entered, it stated ‘wealthy underground assets; a civil conflict that has been happening for 10 years.’”
For Romania, the broadcaster used a picture of Rely Dracula. And for the Marshall Islands, it famous that it had as soon as been a nuclear check web site for the USA.
When it was Malaysia’s flip within the parade of countries, MBC confirmed a graphic with that nation’s coronavirus vaccination fee, together with its gross home product.
In its assertion, MBC stated that it will examine the method of how the photographs, and the captions that accompanied them, had been chosen and vetted.
“Moreover, we’ll essentially re-examine the manufacturing system of sports activities packages to keep away from any related accidents sooner or later,” the broadcaster stated.
The Korea Herald reported that this was not the primary time that MBC had made a misstep throughout the Olympics.
In 2008, the information web site stated, the broadcaster was penalized by the Korea Communications Fee for disparaging nations taking part within the Beijing Olympics with its captions. The broadcaster described Sudan as an unstable nation with an extended civil conflict and Zimbabwe as a rustic with lethal inflation.