American TV channel suspends presenters for 'slant-eye' gesture about South Korean fans
They announced the news on Twitter
Spanish-American TV channel Telemundo has suspended two of its presenters indefinitely after they made an offensive gesture about the South Korean football team.
James Tahhan and Janice Bencosme, co-presenters of Telemundo’s morning show Un Nuevo Día, used their fingers to narrow their eyes while celebrating South Korea's win over Germany that kept Mexico in the World Cup.
NEW: Telemundo has suspended hosts James Tahhan and Janice Bencosme after the pair made racist slant eye gestures while celebrating the South Korean World Cup soccer team
Here's the videohttps://t.co/Zj8QmnMk6Z pic.twitter.com/apLpZxQdvW
— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) June 28, 2018
Unsurprisingly, a huge public outcry followed as footage of the incident spread on social media.
Telemundo is part of the NBC network, whose communications team issued a statement on Thursday announcing that both presenters had been suspended.
"We are extremely disappointed with our morning show contributors James Tahhan’s and Janice Bencosme’s gestures referring to the South Korean national soccer team," it read.
"Our company takes this kind of inappropriate behaviour very seriously as it is contrary to our values and standards.”
— NBCU Telemundo Public Relations (@TLMDPR) June 28, 2018