-By Warner Todd Huston
NBC was forced to apologize as cries of racism were leveled against the network after airing an ad featuring a monkey seconds after African American Olympian Gabby Douglas won the gold for gymnastics. This is amusing seeing as how the same network selectively edited a recording in order to make Floridian George Zimmerman appear to be a racist.
NBC ended up in the middle of a “race storm” when it went to a commercial break during which an ad for the new sitcom Animal Practice featuring a monkey appeared on Olympics watcher’s screens.
Cries of racism immediately rang out as some assumed that the inopportune ad placement was some purposeful act of racism.
NBC was stunned by the accusations and rushed to apologize for any misconceptions and assured viewers that “no offense was intended” by the ad.
This attempt to make NBC out to be racist is amusing because the network itself tried to make someone else out to be a racist back in March. Then NBC selectively edited George Zimmerman’s 911 call in order to make him seem like a racist.
Back in March NBC edited out parts of Zimmerman’s 911 call after the shooting, taking out the parts where the dispatcher asked Zimmerman what race Trayvon Martin was, leaving the impression that Zimmerman volunteered that “he looks black” as if race was what Zimmerman was focused upon.
Of course, it really is absurd to call NBC racist for airing the sitcom commercial after Douglas won the gold. There is no way that the network could have so easily chosen an ad to air on the spur of the moment like that. Commercials are scheduled quite some time before they are aired so no one was sitting in the NBC studios picking monkey commercials as commentary on Gabby Douglas!
Still, NBC tried to make Zimmerman out to be a racist hunting down blacks for the kill despite that he wasn’t and now here NBC is in the same position of being falsely accused of being racists.
It is deserts richly deserved.