- NBC has apologized for a remark made by an analyst during its coverage of the Olympics opening ceremony.
- Joshua Cooper Ramo said that "every Korean" would agree that Japan was an important example to their country, sparking backlash in light of the fact that Japan occupied Korea for 35 years.
- "We understand the Korean people were insulted by these comments and we apologize," NBC said in a statement.
NBC has issued an apology after an on-air analyst's remark about the influence of Japan on Korea sparked a backlash online.
Joshua Cooper Ramo's remark, made during NBC's coverage of the Olympics opening ceremony on Friday, was in reference to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit. "Every Korean will tell you that Japan is a cultural and technical and economic example that has been so important to their own transformation," Ramo said. Given the history of the two countries — Japan occupied Korea between 1910 and 1945 — many Koreans took offence at Ramo's words. As Jung Min-ho wrote in : "[Ramo's] incorrect and insensitive comment about Korea's history has enraged many of its people."
Per , an online petition demanding an apology had more than 10,000 supporters by Sunday. "We believe that staying silent is not an appropriate response to such ignorant, insensitive, and harmful information that defies the very spirit of peace, harmony, and human dignity of the Olympics," the petition read.
NBC issued a full apology through anchor Carolyn Manno on Saturday, per :
"During our coverage of the Parade of Nations on Friday we said it was notable that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made the trip to Korea for the Olympics, "representing Japan, a country which occupied Korea from 1910 to 1945 but every Korean will tell you that Japan is a cultural, technological and economic example that has been so important to their own transformation." We understand the Korean people were insulted by these comments and we apologize."