Tokyo Olympics: After a big crack at the opening ceremony, a South Korean channel apologizes

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South Korean television channel MBC apologized on Saturday for “inappropriate” comments during the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics. During the passage for example of Ukraine, the channel had shown images of the Chernobyl disaster, causing multiple indignation.

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The opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics, which took place this Friday, officially launched the competition. But for the South Korean television channel MBC, the broadcast of this event provoked strong reactions.

The channel apologizes

At issue: several graphic references on the screen, to illustrate the parade of certain delegations. At the time of the passage from Italy, MBC broadcast, for example, images of pizzas. Or salmon for Norway. While indicating for each country the vaccination rate.

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But the South Korean chain has not remained with simple culinary references for certain countries. For Ukraine, MBC has chosen to show images of the Chernobyl disaster to accompany the passage of the athletes. Commentators have also said, for example, that the Marshall Islands is only a “US nuclear test country”. They also called Syria a “country at war for 10 years”, according to Japanese media Japan Times.

In the face of the emerging controversy, lMBC has issued a formal apology for these multiple “inappropriate” references. “We are deeply sorry for these inexcusable errors,” said a message from the channel, the target of much criticism after the opening ceremony.

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