NBC benches Olympics analyst over remarks deemed offensive to Koreans

Team Japan enters the Opening Ceremony on Friday. More

Team Japan enters the Opening Ceremony on Friday. More

During the live broadcast of Friday's opening ceremony, Joshua Cooper Ramo, a commentator for the US broadcaster's coverage of the Olympics, said, "Now representing Japan, a country which occupied Korea from 1910 to 1945". While introducing Japan, Ramos said the following, "Every Korean will you that Japan is a cultural, and technological, and economic example, has been so important to their own transformation".

Japan ruled Korea with an iron fist from 1910 to 1945 in a bloody occupation that still strikes a raw nerve.

Ramo pointed out that Japan occupied Korea from 1910 to 1945, following it up with, "but every Korean will tell you that Japan as a cultural and technological and economic example has been so important to their own transformation".

Koreans around the world criticised his remarks on social media and a petition soon circulated online.

The Korea Times is reporting that Ramo has been removed from his role as Olympics commentator, according to an "NBC Sports spokesperson" who refused to be named.

Ramo, a former journalist at Time magazine, is co-CEO at Kissinger Associates and had been hired temporarily by NBC to bring historical context to its coverage. He's now reportedly been relieved from the network's coverage of the rest of the Games.


"We received an official letter from NBC, saying that it apologizes for making the inappropriate comments", said The PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Games.

The network had no real explanation for the insane comment other than to say sorry.

USA broadcaster NBC has apologised after offending Koreans by seemingly downplaying Japan's colonial occupation of the peninsula.

We apologized quickly both in writing and on television for a remark made by one of our presenters during Friday night's Opening Ceremony.

In particular, the issue of comfort women - women pressed into sexual slavery by Japan's army - remains a highly-charged topic in the country, where victims feel the Japanese government has never sincerely made amends.

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