Seven has clarified a ski-jumping remark by Winter Olympics commentator Jacqui Cooper, after some took to social media to label it “casual racism.”
Chinese skier Yan Ting finished her women’s aerials qualifying run with a double-twisting double somersault, prompting Cooper to note, “Really nicely done, great control, very Chinese — they all look the same. It’s very hard to tell who’s who.”
On social media some viewers suggested it was casual racism.
“Even if this is about jumping style, it’s STILL exceptionally lazy and racist. These are unique, elite athletes in Olympic competition — viewers deserve better than ‘Ah yeah same country, can’t tell them apart.’ It’s not their fault you didn’t pay attention,” tweeted Naaman Zhou.
The incident has even attracted coverage in the New York Post.
Seven qualified the comment in its Twitter feed.
“During tonight’s cover of the women’s aerials, commentator Jacqui Cooper a former Olympian and World Champion – noted than an aerial manouevre was in a technical and style sense, very Chinese,” Seven said.
“Meaning that the whole of the Chinese aerial team are trained in the same way – and the manouevre referenced was a classic technically perfect, trademark of that team’s style.
“At no time was the commentary racist, intended to be racist or offensive.”