Winter Olympics: NBC Apologizes For Analyst's Remarks on Korea

Winter Olympics: NBC Apologizes For Analyst's Remarks on Korea

Sports was forced to issue an apology after an analyst made a boneheaded comment about the host nation live on Friday during the opening ceremonies of the Pyeongchang Olympics.

Upon hearing this introductory statement, many were upset and angered as the analyst glossed over South Korea's painful history of Japanese colonial rule which lasted from 1910 to 1945, filled with the marginalization of the Korean culture, executions, exploitation of the people, and other violations of human rights.

Since making the ignorant and controversial comment, thousands took to various social media platforms to express their discomfort and anger.

The broadcaster came under fire after Joshua Cooper Ramo, an Asian commentator for NBC, said during the march by Japanese Olympic athletes at the opening ceremony Friday that Japan played an "important" role in South Korea's recent achievements as a nation.

What do you think of the situation? The statement specifically apologized to Koreans who had been "insulted" by Ramo's comments. A history Ramo should be aware as co-chief executive of Kissinger Associates, an advisory firm founded by former secretary of state Henry A. Kissinger.


The apology, plus the fawning, gushy coverage of the attendance of Kim Jong-un's sister, has already made the network's coverage of the games a spectacular failure. An online petition demanded an apology, and NBC did so on its NBCSN cable network Saturday and formally to the Pyeongchang Olympic organizers.

"It was possible for him to do more with us here, now it is no longer possible", an NBC official told Korea Times.

The network had no real explanation for the insane comment other than to say sorry. He was added to the opening ceremony team of Mike Tirico and Katie Couric as an Asia expert, to help introduce viewers to an area of the world that might be unfamiliar to them.

And the issue of sexual enslavement of Korean women - euphemistically called "comfort women" - is one that continues to color the Japanese-Korean relationship.

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