A Greek television sports commentator was fired after he made a racist comment about a South Korean Olympic table tennis player during an on-air broadcast hosted by the nation's state-run network.
Jeoung Young-sik is a South Korean table tennis player who debuted internationally in 2010, winning a silver and bronze medal at the Asian games, moving on to win 6 bronze medals between 2010-2018 at World Championships.
The Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation decided to fire longtime sports journalist Dimosthenis Karmiris after he offered a racist response to his fellow commentator's question.
Upon Karmiris' college asking him what he thinks of the impressive skills of Youngsik and his opponent, Greece's Panagiotis Gionis, he responded in a manner not tolerated by anyone.
"Their eyes are narrow so I can't understand how they can see the ball moving back and forth," Karmiris said.
Following the incident, The Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation posted a statement on its website announcing they had let Karmiris go.
"Racist comments do not fit on Public Television. The collaboration of Demosthenes Karmoiris with ERT was terminated today, immediately after the morning show of ERT1," they said in a statement.
And as always, people jumped to Twitter to discuss the horrific comment.
After Jeoung Young-sik beat Panagiotis Gionis in table tennis, journalist Dimosthenis Karmiris said on ERT his "eyes are narrow so I can't understand how they can see the ball moving back and forth."🙄ERT has dropped Gionis as one of their commentators.https://t.co/dMLFsu0SFM
— Jae-Ha Kim 김재하 (@GoAwayWithJae) July 28, 2021
"The lack of awareness to pause a beat to ask yourself, should I say this? Baffling. I mean the thought was horrifically stupid but to actually say it. People disgust me," one person announced.
"How hard is it not to make racist remarks on your professional job. it can't be that hard," another wrote.
And another said: "Humans suck. I quit."
On Jeoung's Instagram post, he wrote: "Thank you so much for your support! We will do our best for the group exhibition from August 1."
His component Panagiotis then posted a clip of the game on social media.
"5 rings as much as my participation in the Olympic Games !! A journey that ended with great performances and bad luck in the end but this is the magic of sports!! I already feel blessed that I have achieved and experienced all that I dreamed of as a child!! Next station in Paris," he wrote.
Racism is never acceptable, no matter where in the world you are. When will this madness come to an end?