She beat me to it so I reblogged it. Since I don’t follow television, I needed a little help. After seeing all the hoopla, I became angry and sick. So…do you agree that is was racist?
On Thursday night, just moments after 16 year-old Gabby Douglas won the gold medal in the women’s individual all-around event at the 2012 Olympics in London, NBC took a commercial break where they ran an ad for their upcoming show, “Animal Kingdom“. Keep in mind, this is a show NBC has been running ads for during the course of the first week of the Olympics. The ad features a monkey hanging on gymnastics rings.
Immediately after the ad was shown, social networking circles, particularly Twitter, blew up, claiming NBC was racist for showing a gymnastics monkey moments after an African-American girl won a gold medal at the Olympics. Before the break, anchor Bob Costas is talking about how Gabby’s victory could inspire more African-American girls to become interested in gymnastics and then, boom, the ad (which you can watch in the sidebar at left).
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