A South Korean broadcaster used some strange images and captions during the opening night parade of nations at the Tokyo Olympics, outraging the online fans of the nations depicted.
Seoul-based Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) has apologized for what it termed “inappropriate” images and captions. Among its choices: Chernobyl for Ukraine and pizza for Italy.
The broadcaster went further, posting reports of the assassination of Haiti’s president as that nation’s athletes entered. It also used a picture of Dracula for Romania and salmon for Norway. It also referred to the US Marshall Islandsas “once a nuclear test site for the United States.”
Great Britain’s entrance into the arena had an image of Queen Elizabeth II, while El Salvador, where cryptocurrency is legal tender, was represented by a bitcoin symbol.
Online users watching the livestream leaped into a feeding frenzy of outrage.
“Inappropriate images and captions were used to introduce some stories,” the network said in a statement. “We apologize to those countries, including Ukraine and our viewers,” it said.
The broadcaster’s gaffe was the second incident involving South Korea to roil the games. Earlier, a flag symbolizing a conflict between host Japan and South Korea was hung outside an apartment complex in the Olympic athletes village. It was taken down after drawing flak from the Japanese.