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NBC fires analyst following 'ignorant, insensitive' on-air comment about South Korea

NBC Apologizes After Japan Comment Draws Anger in South Korea NBC apologises after commentator's remarks about Japan during Pyeongchang 2018 Opening Ceremony leaves
Orlando Vargas | 12 February, 2018, 02:46

NBC's Olympic commentator Joshua Cooper Ramo upset a lot of Koreans when he commented on the Japanese occupation of the peninsula during Friday's Olympic opening ceremony. "Joshua Cooper Ramo should not speak for Koreans and obviously doesn't know any Koreans either".

"His incorrect and insensitive comment about Korea's history has enraged many of its people", the Korea Times observed.

NBC has fired an analyst for a controversial on-air remark that cited Japan as an example that has been important to the South Korea's own transformation.

The comments came after South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said Seoul was not seeking to renegotiate the agreement, but that Tokyo needed to make further efforts to help the victims "regain honor and dignity and heal wounds in their hearts". Do you thank Japan for the Pearl Harbor raids?

The Korea Herald: "Some say it's questionable whether Ramo has been even following the news leading up to the current Olympics, as some of the disputes between South Korea and Japan erupted even during the preparation phase of the games".

A host of thorny issues complicate the bilateral relations between South Korea and Japan, including issues surrounding the "comfort women", or Korean women used as sex slaves by the Japanese military during World War II.

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South Korean Olympic figure skating champion Yuna Kim, right, takes the torch from North Korea's Jong Su Hyon, left, and South Korea's Park Jong-ah during the opening ceremony.

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NBC issued an apology following Ramo's remarks.

US broadcaster NBC apologized to South Korea's winter Games organizing committee on Sunday after a commentator offended locals during coverage of the opening ceremony by straying into the sensitive issue of Japan-South Korean relations.

During the Parade of Nations, Ramo, who was serving as an Asia correspondent for the network, made a comment about how much of an example Japan has been for Korea culturally and technologically.

Ramo's words prompted an online petition demanding an apology from the network, with more that 9,000 respondents signing on.

NBC officially apologized on Saturday, having anchor Carolyn Manno read a statement on the air.

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