SEOUL, South Korea – TV news anchor Yoon Kyung-min is drawing heated criticism for showing apparent relief that the two passengers who died in Sunday’s Asiana Airline crash in San Francisco were Chinese and not from South Korea.
We just received an update that the two dead are assumed to be Chineseâ¦.We can say it is a relief at least for us, Channel A newsman Yoon Kyung-min said during a news broadcast for the cable news channel on Sunday afternoon.
According to the Wall Street Journal, online vitriol quickly ensued.
How dare they use such an expression? They proved themselves to be extremely deplorable, wrote South Korean Twitter user Leesk0104.
Another South Korean Twitter user Jwhahn criticized the new channel’s ignorant and inhuman thinking and called for the channel to dismiss him.
If it had been China who made such a comment, (Korean internet users) would have probably started an online war against China, the user wrote.
Channel A later issued a statement trying to clarify Yoon’s remarks: The comment was made to emphasize the fact that there is no Korean dead in the accident, which is a relief for us. We apologize for not running the live show smoothly.
Yoon’s comments were quickly picked up by the Chinese media, triggering further outrage.
Is he a human? many users questioned on Sina Weibo, the popular Twitter-like microblogging service. They called the anchor brain-damaged, unethical and inhuman. Many Weibo users demand his apology and resignation.
While the Chinese government mouthpiece, the Global Times called the anchor indifferent and apathetic, the newspaper did mention that many Korean netizens were also highly critical of Yoon by quoting posts from Korean forums reacting to the news man’s comments.
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-For some truly pathetic racist (and geopolitical numbskullist) Tweets from Americans following the crash, go here.