An Australian entertainment news program is apologizing to BTS and their fans after a “racist” comment was made on their show.
During Wednesday night’s “20 To One”, they ran a countdown on global crazes which included the South-Korean boy-band. After breaking many records, the show ranked them number 18, describing the group as “the biggest band you’ve never heard of.”
But when the segment included comments from British comedian Jimmy Carr, who said: “When I first heard something Korean had exploded in America, I got worried.”
“So I guess, could have been worse,” he said, before adding, “But not much worse.”
The comments sparked outrage with fans, who have dubbed themselves as ARMY, took to Twitter to condemn the comments as “racist”.
After the hashtags #Channel9Apologize and #Channel9Racist began trending on Twitter, “20 To One” issued an apology.
“As a light-hearted entertainment program, it is our belief that last night’s episode of ’20 To One’ … did not breach any broadcast regulations, and was intended to humorously highlight the popularity of the group,” a spokesperson for the show said in a statement.
Adding, “We apologize to any who may have been offended by last night’s episode.”