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29th Jun 2018

American TV channel suspends two presenters for making ‘slant-eye’ gesture about South Korean football team

They have been suspended indefinitely by the network

Reuben Pinder

They announced the news on Twitter

Spanish-American TV channel Telemundo has suspended two of its presenters indefinitely after they made an offensive gesture about the South Korean football team.

James Tahhan and Janice Bencosme, co-presenters of Telemundo’s morning show Un Nuevo Día, used their fingers to narrow their eyes while celebrating South Korea’s win over Germany that kept Mexico in the World Cup.

Unsurprisingly, a huge public outcry followed as footage of the incident spread on social media.

Telemundo is part of the NBC network, whose communications team issued a statement on Thursday announcing that both presenters had been suspended.

“We are extremely disappointed with our morning show contributors James Tahhan’s and Janice Bencosme’s gestures referring to the South Korean national soccer team,” it read.

“Our company takes this kind of inappropriate behaviour very seriously as it is contrary to our values and standards.”