- TAB has been accused of “casual racism” over a since-deleted tweet about South Korean World Cup players’ names.
- A TAB spokesperson said the “inappropriate social media post” was removed as it didn’t meet company standards.
- Some Twitter users with Asian heritage said rather than being offended by the tweet, they actaully found it funny.
“Weird that TAB’s banter social media lads didn’t have a crack at all the Martinez’s in the Argentinian side. Wonder why,” he wrote.
“The post was generated by junior staff and TAB has created additional checks and balances before future posts go live,” they said in a statement.
‘It’s not funny’
“These are players that are internationally renowned and deserve the same level of respect and acknowledgement that a commentator would give to the players of any other team … Son Heung Min is a player in a Premier League club and it’s frightening that even at a World Cup level, a national team can be reduced to a joke about a foreign-sounding surname,” she said.
“Reading surnames and pointing out that they have people with the same names isn’t racist,” Matthew Croucher wrote.
“I have seen this exact joke replicated many times in the Rugby world about the Welsh rugby team (Jones passes to Jones, kicks to Davies who passes to Davies and here comes Jones down the sideline!), I think it’s a wee bit of a stretch to call this racist,” Justin Raby wrote.
“Would love a South Korean’s opinion on this instead of some white bloke’s.”
“I am Korean born, this is not casual racism. I’m offended there were no Lee’s though,” David Lee wrote.
When given the option of choosing a surname, many went with those associated with royalty or nobility, resulting in many people that chose Kim and Lee.