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Journalist makes insensitive Pokemon-related remark during a moment of silence for China's coronavirus victims

French journalist Emmanuel Lechypre decided to whisper an insensitive comment during a news broadcast when he thought the mics were turned off.

Lechypre was involved in a segment concerning the passing of numerous people in China due to the coronavirus. China was hosting three minutes of silence for those who lost their lives in the coronavirus battle, which the news program was airing. During the segment, Lechypre's mic was live, and he whispered that China was "burying the Pokémons" to others on the show.

The comment obviously upset many viewers and lead to numerous complaints. Lechypre offered up the following apology.

This morning on BFM TV, I allowed myself a totally inappropriate remark during the broadcast of a tribute to the victims of the virus in China. These inappropriate comments were broadcast on the air when I thought the microphones were closed. I sincerely apologize.

As of right now, Lechypre still holds his job at the network, and it's unsure whether any further action will be taken.

Categories: General News
Tags: pokemon

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Top Rated Comment
Sun Apr 05 20 07:18pm
Rating: 10 (Updated 2 times)

Lets go ahead and destroy this man's life because he made a mistake, even if he already apologized for it.
Send him home without a job so he can't take care of his family anymore during this crisis.
That will make us feel better about ourselves. No mercy.

How is this even funny? like what the hell does pokemon have to do with china or the virus? WTF is he even talking about?

That's the thing, like I don't even understand what this guy even meant.

xshinox
Mon Apr 06 20 03:09am
Rating: 1 (Updated 1 time)

it's suppose to mean that pokemons = asians since pokemon was created by the japanese. he was being racist basically.
it'd be the same as if italy had some kind of problem and some newscaster blurted out "look at these marios and luigis"

I would personally laugh my arse of if someone who had a problem with Norwegians saying "look at those Eriks and Larsons! LOL!"

Smile

Sun Apr 05 20 07:18pm
Rating: 10 (Updated 2 times)

Lets go ahead and destroy this man's life because he made a mistake, even if he already apologized for it.
Send him home without a job so he can't take care of his family anymore during this crisis.
That will make us feel better about ourselves. No mercy.

Or we could just make him President.

hawk
Sun Apr 05 20 08:31pm
Rating: 3

I'm with you on this. We need to weigh the harm of destroying the career of a man, possibly with a family, against the "theoretical harm" of some people getting slightly offended. And he's already apologized. Cancel Culture needs to end.

fylo
Sun Apr 05 20 10:36pm
(Updated 1 time)

I agree, the power social media has is dangerous, since even if people don't want to admit it, that's also an easy way to manipulate the conversation.

enthropy
Mon Apr 06 20 05:22am
Rating: 2

And I'd bet that most who are "offended" aren't even Chinese. Heck, they probably don't even know where China is, but to get "offended"!? No that they can.

It's as if it was for attention...

reynard
Mon Apr 06 20 06:00am
Rating: 1

Nail on the head there.

Well let's just say that I'm starting to see a pattern.

I mean, there's a lot of unfortunate pieces to it:

First, he made the rookie mistake of assuming his mic was cold. That's broadcasting 101. Second, his apology was for getting caught, not that he made an insensitive comment. Third, a tasteless joke is only made worse by how ignorant/lazy it proves the joker is.

No, he doesn't need to lose this job over this (if this isn't a recurring issue). But if anything is gonna risk his career and ability to take care of his family, it's his own mouth not knowing the right time or place to crack jokes.

I'm not gonna defend the mistake. But forums, conferences, tweets, and so on. People say the wrong things, and many times depending on status those people reply, don't reply or double down on their statement.

I think anyone can make a rookie mistake, depending on the context or state of mind. It mainly comes with what they do after the fact.

It's not inappropriate. It's flat out racist. It's more than inappropriate and at the very least, I really hope the social media make a huge fuss about that so that he and his tons of racists colleagues that plague the media actually learn something for a change.

Some of you might miss how actually racist this is. In France it's like the worst thing anyone could ever say taking the whole situation we're in into account. It's insulting not only to China but to the whole asian community. It's also the worst kind of racist, the one that does not even makes sense and everyone knows it has no meaning whatsoever. It's just despiseful for the sake of it. It can't even be blamed on ignorance.
For a little more context, BFM is the equivalent of foxnews in france. It's a complete joke and basically the lowest common denominator for actual information. Channels like these are filled with this kind of guys and they just exacerbate the worst in their audience and all the disgusting things they say just get a free pass as being banalized or even trivial simply because there is such a huge concentration of morons all at the same placeand with such exposure that they end up appearing as some sort of norm.

I can't believe this is actually a thing. F this guy.

He made a joke about something a billion other people have made jokes about. Only difference is he got caught doing it in public on the news when most people just do it with their mates. No big deal--although I have no doubt it will become a big deal.

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