When it was revealed that Belarus shotputter Nadzeya Ostapchuk had been stripped of her gold medal due to doping, and due to the dramas that had plagued Valerie Adam’s Olympic campaign, there was an overwhelming sense of jubilation that there was some justice in the world. And once we’d all gotten over the excitement of realising our over-achieving country was walking away with an impressive six gold medals, we hardened our gaze on the perpetrator and unleashed our wrath.
When Eric Young, Prime News’ front man, let his fingers do the talking on twitter, he fairly bluntly stated what was fairly consistent with how everyone was feeling. In that heat of the moment, after all that had happened and just unfolded, it would be unrealistic to expect that such a passionate response, even from Kiwis, wouldn’t be charging through our minds. Eric’s words, while not necessarily unreasonably inaccurate, were on the other end of the spectrum of what those who like to spend their time complaining would deem acceptable.
And so we now read that the tweet has been removed and that Sky is unimpressed
“It was disappointing to see that language used in a tweet and it certainly is against Sky Television’s policies to use language like that,”
“We’ve spoken to Eric and expressed the fact that we’re not happy with the tweet and we’re pleased to see the apology,”
But of course they’d say that. Whether or not they agreed with the sentiment.
It’s not the first time a TV personality has upset a couple of people by “saying what we’re all thinking” and then been forced to make a retraction for the handful of noise making offended people and it most certainly won’t be the last.