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A CBC Commentator Said A 14-Year-Old Swimmer "Died Like A Pig" And People Are Not Happy

"Went out like stink, died like a pig."

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The CBC has apologized after a commentator, not realizing his mic was on, said a 14-year-old Chinese swimmer "died like a pig" in her race.

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Yanhan Ai came in eighth place in the women's 4x200 freestyle relay final.

Byron MacDonald, the CBC's colour commentator for Olympic swimming events, suggested that Yanhan should have paced herself better. "Too excited. Went out like stink, died like a pig," he said on air. "Thanks for that.”

People couldn't believe what they'd just heard.

.@CBC why did I just hear the summing commentator say that a young woman "died like a pig"?

Did the CBC announcer just say the 14 year-old swimmer from China "died like a pig"???? The idiot didn't realize they were still on the air.


The controversy soon travelled to the Chinese web, where people were not amused.

Many people also flooded the CBC Olympics page on Facebook, with some accusing MacDonald of not just rudeness but also "racism."

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"Maybe you don't care we have a bad impression of the Canadians because of the ugly man," one commenter wrote.

CBC issued a public apology the following day.

MacDonald also issued an on-air apology. "I was referring to a swimmer’s performance and not to them as a person," he said. "Needless to say it was not — there was no disrespect intended and I’m very sorry.”

Ishmael N. Daro is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto. PGP fingerprint: 5A1D 9099 3497 DA4B

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