A Comedy of Errors: NBC’s Monkey Business
Before transitioning into a commercial break while airing the Olympics, sportscaster Bob Costas said, “There are some young African-American girls out there who, tonight, are saying to themselves, ‘Hey, I’d like to try that too.’” Behind Costas was a photo of Gabby Douglas, who became the first African-American to win the gold in the women’s all-around gymnastics competition.[youtube:www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFBHjgpIq7I]
After the transition was a commercial of a chapuin monkey named Crystal on the rings. It was a promotion for a new NBC show called “Animal Practice,” but some people didn’t see it that way. Angry viewers lashed out against on NBC on Twitter, saying they were disgusted that the network would air the ad right after Douglas won her gold medal.[youtube:www.youtube.com/watch?v=zL1Q1ciaG5A]
The 16-year-old Douglas has already had her fair share of negativity thrown her way, despite her accomplishment. Social media users have expressed outrage over her hair, saying that it should have been styled differently instead of with pins and gel. It was even a front page story on Yahoo News.
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