NBC Posting false and ignorant information during opening ceremony.


During the opening ceremony, when showing the Japanese Olympic team, NBC commentary stated:
“now representing Japan, a country which occupied Korea from 1910 to 1945. But every Korean will tell you that Japan is a cultural and technological and economic example that has been so important to their own transformation…”.

This is basically like “But every French will tell you that Nazi is a cultural and technological and economic example that has been so important to their own transformation”

If you say something like this in France, U.S. or anywhere in western hemisphere, you know that you are gonna be murdered in a minute. This is how Korean feel about Imperial Japan. As a Korean this is the most offensive comment that I ever heard in a TV news channel.

To make things worse, instead of addressing the issue in any capacity, NBC blocked their olympics instagram account from the Korean server. You literally cannot see their olympics coverage from the country that is hosting the olympics.

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47 thoughts on “NBC Posting false and ignorant information during opening ceremony.

  1. spamalamadingdong February 13, 2018 / 7:39 pm

    Jesus, and I thought that our Coverage in Australia was terrible.

    When Kazakhstan came out they said “Kazakhstan, most famous for the hit comedy movie Borat….”, And when Madagascar was introduced they said “Fun fact, Madagascar shares a name with a popular animated movie”

  2. MudButt2000 February 13, 2018 / 7:39 pm

    Koreans hate Japan. Source: used to live in Korea and endured a decade of drunk Korean business men shit faced on soju beating their fists on tables cursing the Japanese for <insert war crime>

  3. Majorkerina February 13, 2018 / 7:39 pm

    You say “here is Japan. They will be hosting the next summer Olympics with Tokyo in 2020.” Then you shut the f up and let people enjoy the ceremony because just because you can speak over it, doesn’t mean you must every single moment.

  4. UncleDan2017 February 13, 2018 / 7:39 pm

    Yeah, considering the Japanese forced Korean and other asian women to be “Comfort Women”, or sex slaves, for their military during the ’30s and ’40s, I doubt there are many warm feeling between the countries.

  5. Stepwolve February 13, 2018 / 7:39 pm

    yeah, those announcers have no idea WTF they’re talking about. They couldn’t even be bothered to read the wikipedia on korea. That statement just ~~wreaks~~ *reeks* of ignorant assumptions. They don’t know anything about korea / Asia, so they just assume koreans view japan in a similar way to how Americans do.
    And they’ll get away with it too because the vast majority of people don’t get how offensive that was. Best option? Don’t watch NBC Olympics. They really don’t deserve the ratings

    *edit: the idiot actually got fired! [Source](https://www.marketwatch.com/story/nbc-fires-olympic-analyst-after-comments-infuriate-south-korea-2018-02-11)*

  6. StPariah February 13, 2018 / 7:39 pm

    Don’t worry, even as Americans we fucking hate this bullshit.

    Oh, and most of us can’t even watch the Olympics at all because of their corporate control.

  7. skanktastik February 13, 2018 / 7:39 pm

    I wish those loudmouth aholes would just talk about the sports, and not editorialize. I did enjoy the insight from Lapinski and Weir, though, as they both had a lot of inside knowledge.

  8. itspclar February 13, 2018 / 7:39 pm

    The one thing North and South Korea can agree on is that the Japanese occupation of Korea was absolutely horrible and what the Japanese did was nothing short of a crime against humanity.

  9. ImCerealsGuys February 13, 2018 / 7:39 pm

    ugh, nbc is filled with a bunch of idiots. Most tv personalities are, but that “mistake” is beyond stupid and immature.

  10. OgdruJahad February 13, 2018 / 7:39 pm

    > NBC issued an apology a few hours later via anchor Carolyn Manno..

    So Joshua Cooper Ramo can’t even man up to his own assholery?

  11. ac34842 February 13, 2018 / 7:39 pm

    how come there are no news headlines on how bad nbc messed up the opening ceremony?

  12. pspahn February 13, 2018 / 7:39 pm

    I really want to watch the Olympics; however, I cannot stomach Katie Couric for a single nanosecond. For the most part, all the on-air talent is bad. Mike Tirico is fine. He’s basically the same as Bob Costas. He gets a B+ while literally everything else about NBC’s production gets an F.

  13. ser_renely February 13, 2018 / 7:39 pm

    I think there is a bigger thing at play, which I am sure everyone has witnessed, over the last 2 decades, most commentators are terrible now. Now that there are few radio commentators left they have no idea how to describe what is happening so it is just idle chatter. Sports in general are terrible now and rely on just yelling and absurd sayings to express something incredible happening.

  14. Affinity420 February 13, 2018 / 7:39 pm

    Japan has a shitty history swept under a rug. They do so well to hide it. But back before modern technology, they were far more barbaric towards non Japanese.

    Some would say that WW2 is what made their people open up to other races.

    And, in Japan, there is still a stigma of the white devil. Some good some bad. But on the train in Tokyo my friend who’s very large was a big deal lol.

  15. CloudiusWhite February 13, 2018 / 7:39 pm

    Nbc is fucking up all over the place, they said something about people in Amsterdam skating in the canals which is why they are so good at skating events

  16. cyclops274 February 13, 2018 / 7:39 pm

    Koreans don’t have a favorable relationship with Japanese after what happened to them in WW2. Also those countries have different cultures, languages, and religions.

  17. SinisterPandaML February 13, 2018 / 7:39 pm

    Don’t worry. Americans are offended by the commentators’ stupidity as well.

  18. PattyKane16 February 13, 2018 / 7:39 pm

    Not to play devils advocate but the reason their feed is blocked in Korea is probably because each country has a network which has rights to broadcast the Olympics in their country and NBC didn’t want to infringe on the Korean network’s broadcast rights.

  19. Reali5t February 13, 2018 / 7:39 pm

    What do you expect from the propaganda channel at the Nationalist Broadcasting Corporation.

  20. Flabbergasted122 February 13, 2018 / 7:39 pm

    Korea is learning what America already knows about NBC.

    They kept Matt Lauer on staff, knowing what he did to women. They edited tapes from the Trayvon Martin case that tried to incite riots, due to their lies.

  21. EmilyAnn1790 February 13, 2018 / 7:39 pm

    I appreciate this post. I heard what was said and in the moment thought it was idiotic and nonsensical. Glad to learn exactly how offensive it was too from the perspective of the host country.

  22. phuijun February 13, 2018 / 7:39 pm

    I’m so outraged right now!!!

  23. MulderD February 13, 2018 / 7:39 pm

    I mean it’s grotesquely missing context, and Japan is rightly detested by Korea (and China). But Japan post WWII did provide a sort of blueprint for what Korea (and China for that matter) has economically boomed into in the last 30 years. Hopefully Korea also gets the benefit of learning from Japan’s mistakes and doesn’t stall out. That and Korea seems to have gotten pop culture down to a science, where as Japan has tentacle porn, girlfriend pillows, and violent scooter gangs.

    Honestly there is zero reason for the announcers to make either point. It’s the Olympics. Talk up the host nation and your own athletes and shut the fuck about everything else. It’s getting comical how often NBC analysts feel it neccessary to bring up North Korea. Yeah, we get it, they are a unified team and there is some complicated Geo-politics at play. Now let actual journalists inform us about that Katie Couric, you just smile and talk about the feel good athlete stories.

  24. KrazyAntix February 13, 2018 / 7:39 pm

    I haven’t watched a minute of the Olympics yet, but in general expected that Americans are gonna be downright stupid as it pertains to culture outside the US. I’m.an American who has lived in foreign countries about 1/3 of my life and have realized that it is almost a part of OUR culture to be ignorant of other cultures. And because we are Americans we have the God given right to state our ignorance as fact. I can only imagine how bad it would be for a big company like NBC who not only has the American ignorance, but also billions of dollars to backup just how right they are.

    I’d suggest turning the volume down or watching another stream.

  25. Rockfusion February 13, 2018 / 7:39 pm

    Wow thanks for sharing. While I’ve learned this in history class, I forget about the impact and present day sensitivities. Also, as an American, pretty much any major-event sport commentator is a raging blow hard. They have to drink the corporate cool-aid and almost always (not even embellishing here, almost ALWAYS) say some stupid ass ignorant shit on any given event. It makes me sad how fucking dumb they sound.

  26. MichaelPence February 13, 2018 / 7:39 pm

    They issued an apology well before you posted this.

  27. cadjkt February 13, 2018 / 7:39 pm

    I have always been a fan of the Olympics but after Friday night I am officially on the boycott train.
    I wish all the athletes injury free competition but I cannot watch the Couric show that is NBC.

  28. jesbiil February 13, 2018 / 7:39 pm

    I never thought I could reference Dodgeball the movie as a better example of commentators:

  29. pa79 February 13, 2018 / 7:39 pm

    And they said the Dutch were so good ice skaters because they have been ice skating on the canals of Amsterdam for centuries. Where do they get that nonsense?

  30. kutuup1989 February 13, 2018 / 7:39 pm

    Out of interest, how do Koreans today view Japan? Is there any real animosity there? I guess its going to depend on North or South Korea, but do Koreans today overall still resent Japan, or has the bad blood lessened over time?

  31. nayhem_jr February 13, 2018 / 7:39 pm

    > This is how Korean feel about Imperial Japan.

    How many wars are still fought to this day because petty children insist on carrying on the fights started by their fathers or grandfathers?

    NBC may be airing shitty coverage, but fuck your nationalism.

  32. SniperJF February 13, 2018 / 7:39 pm

    The blocking from Korea of the stream is more about broadcast exclusivity agremeents than to hide what they are saying from them.

  33. jonny_wow February 13, 2018 / 7:39 pm

    If you don’t like it, don’t watch it.

  34. newtknight February 13, 2018 / 7:39 pm

    So w/all due respect to the athletes, just don’t watch. Their performance has no reflection on whether anyone watches on NBC or not.

  35. RedditConsciousness February 13, 2018 / 7:39 pm

    > This is basically like “But every French will tell you that Nazi is a cultural and technological and economic example that has been so important to their own transformation”

    No it isn’t. The Nazis are gone. We don’t hold children accountable for the crimes of their parents, no matter how terrible they were. It would be like saying “But every French will tell you that *Germany* is a cultural and technological and economic example that has been so important to their own transformation”.

  36. TheDJZ February 13, 2018 / 7:39 pm

    This might catch some flak but there is a certain element of truth to the statement though I doubt the NBC broadcasters had any clue about this.

    Since I am getting downvoted I should really specify that I’m not defending the Japanese or their actions. They were fucking cruel and honestly most of Asia has a legitimate bone to pick with them for still refusing to acknowledge the war crimes the committed. However facts should not be ignored. I am sure Korea would have industrialized fine on its own without the Japanese doing it during their occupation, however that’s not what happened in history and I’m just saying that this is what really happened as opposed to people denying that Japan didn’t do anything for helping Korea’s economy.

    Some brief notes of pre Japanese occupation of Korea:
    – First electric streetlights in 1900 in Seoul- Railway-building boom between 1900-1910 eg Seoul-Inchon rail line 1900, Seoul-Pusan 1904 (Japanese-built), Seoul-Sinuiju 1906 – connected Pusan to the Yalu River making it possible to travel all 500 miles in a day. By 1910 it connected to the south Manchuria railway and thus the Trans-Siberian- Western-style buildings including foreign embassies, Japanese commercial buildings- Central Post Office- Growing network of motor roads- Missionaries built western-style hospitals and schools. The schools were then copied and many non-religious western-style schools were built in the 1890s.

    However economically, the Japanese occupation converted Korea’s economy to modern capitalism with an extensive industrial infrastructure. Japan had initially seen Korea as a source of raw materials and food for Japan and as a captive market for Japanese goods. Especially in the first decade, they took steps to increase Japanese control of Korean assets. For instance, the Land Survey Ordinance of 1910 formalised land ownership, eliminating many customary arrangements at the village level. This made it easier for Japanese investors to buy up land. It also benefited Korean landlords by clarifying their title. Over the Japanese occupation Korean landlords tended to expand their holdings while more and more Korean peasants became tenants or were forced off the land. The Company Law of the same year meant that all businesses required licenses. This allowed the Japanese to favour Japanese-owned businesses. The Japanese established two modern banks in Korea, the Bank of Chosen (1910) and the Chosen Industrial Bank (1917). These provided investment capital, much of which would be used to industrialise Korea. Although in the first decade, the Japanese government seemed mostly focused on suppressing Koreans and bringing wealth to Japan, after 1919, with the institution of the Cultural Policy, Japan’s approach changed. Partly this was a response to the 1919 Sam-Il Movement, which seems to have helped convince the Japanese that they needed to win Koreans over. Japan itself was also experimenting with more liberal governance in the 1920s. Furthermore, a series of rice riots in Japan in 1918 caused Japan to take steps to increase the rice supply, which benefited Korean farmers. In 1920, the company law was rescinded, making it easier for both Korean and Japanese investors to invest in Korea. With the annexation of Manchuria in 1931, the Japanese accelerated the development of Korea, especially in the north. During the 1930s, the Korean industrial workforce rose from fewer than 400,000 workers in 1932 to more than 1.3 million in 1943. An extensive network of railway and telegraph lines was built to support this industry.

    Source: Robinson, Michael E. Korea’s Twentieth Century Odyssey: A Short History. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2007. Print.

  37. yawnandshrug February 13, 2018 / 7:39 pm

    Note to white people: do not get involved in Asian national rivalry. We are terrifying when it comes to grudges.

  38. Metalbass5 February 13, 2018 / 7:39 pm

    Can we just admit that every nation has blood on its hands and we’re all shit to each other?





    We’re all fuckin’ terrible. Can we just have the games without some idiot announcer dredging up hundreds of years of violence!? Fucking put it aside for a few weeks. Yeesh.

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