An Australian TV commentator caused controversy at the Winter Olympics on Thursday with a remark about Chinese athletes all looking “the same.”
“Real nicely done, great control, very Chinese. They all look the same, they’re very hard to tell who’s who.’”
People on Twitter quickly pounced:
Some people accused Cooper of “casual racism.”
Cooper later insisted her remark had been misinterpreted, and said she was only talking about Chinese athletes’ similar technical styles:
“I need to make it clear I was talking about the jump,” Cooper tweeted. “The Chinese are trained by one coach with one technique, their aim is all to jump the same.”
Channel 7 also issued a statement defending Cooper’s remark. “At no time was the commentary racist, intended to be racist or offensive,” the network said.