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An Australian commentator has come under fire for saying all the Chinese athletes at the Winter Olympics 'look the same'.
Jacqui Cooper, a former freestyle skier and five-time Olympian, made the remark as Yan Ting, a Chinese aerial skier, was doing a qualifying run.
Cooper said: "Really nicely done, great control. Very Chinese. They all look the same. They're very hard to tell who's who."
And it wasn't long before horrified viewers took to Twitter after the comments aired, with many branding Cooper's choice of words as 'racist' and 'offensive':
Seriously @7olympics ? You're ok with casual racism from commentator at Women's Aerials: "she's very Chinese - they all look the same" So disappointing. Perhaps just comment on their skills!- Richard Schoonraad (@Schooners70) February 15, 2018
@7olympics So your Olympics commentators say "the Chinese all look the same! It's hard to tell them apart!" with no hesitation. Is racism still funny to you guys?- rieko (@NMSStepper) February 15, 2018
What a bloody disgrace to Australia to have these racist bigots on air.#OlympicGames2018 #Channel7 #7Olympics
The Australian commentator for the aerials just said all Chinese look the same. On national television. Fuck off.- James Swinbanks (@j_swinbanks) February 15, 2018
Channel Seven, which employs Cooper, has since released a statement via Twitter in defence of Cooper, saying 'at no time was the commentary racist, intended to be racist or offensive'.
Cooper has also responded to the backlash, saying that she was referring to the style of jumping as they are all trained with 'one technique'.
Just finished the Aerials, I've noticed a whole bunch of comments about my remarks re the Chinese. I need to make it clear I was talking about the jump. The Chinese are trained by one coach with one technique, their aim is all to jump the same.- Jacqui Cooper (@JacquiCooperSKI) February 15, 2018
Bring on the final tomorrow night.
But, still, not everyone was happy with Cooper's apology with people piling in to call her a 'liar' and questioning why she didn't just apologise for what she said.
It's been a tough time for Channel Seven, which has also been slated on social media for showing repeat footage rather than live events.
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