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TV Network Admits It Covered Olympic Opening Ceremony In ‘Inappropriate’ Way

South Korean broadcaster MBC’s coverage of the opening ceremony for the Tokyo Olympics on Friday went awry as it used “inappropriate” photographs and captions of countries participating in the games.

The channel caused the most outrage on Twitter after it showed a photo of Chernobyl – the site of the 1986 nuclear power plant accident – as Ukrainian athletes entered the National Stadium. Agence France-Presse reports.

MBC also used images of pizza when representatives from Italy arrived, salmon for Norway, sushi for Japan, the Haiti riot scene, and images of the fictional Dracula for Romania. according to Reuters

Critics have accused the network of spreading national stereotypes with their choice of images.

The greatest outrage was caused by the image of Chernobyl.

“In today’s broadcast of the opening ceremony, inappropriate photographs were used to represent countries such as Ukraine and Haiti,” MBC said in a statement. by New Zealand Herald… “Also inappropriate photos and subtitles for other countries were used. We apologize to the audience of Ukraine and other countries. “

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