Did NBC Just Air A Racist Commercial?

After Gabby Douglas won the gold and Bob Costas spoke about how amazing this was for the first African-American to win the women's all-around gymnastics title, NBC aired a commercial of a Monkey doing gymnastics which has caused quite a stir. Racist, or just bad timing? Tons of people on Twitter seemed to think it was more on the racist side.

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That post Gabby NBC monkey commercial is exactly why I don't stand 4 the US national anthem. You didn't have to be "conscious" to see that.

That post Gabby NBC monkey commercial is exactly why I don't stand 4 the US national anthem. You didn't have to be "conscious" to see that.-- Lamont Lilly

Gabby Douglas wins gold & then NBC puts on a commercial of monkey doing gymnastics. #unbelievable #racist #NBC #Olympics

Gabby Douglas wins gold & then NBC puts on a commercial of monkey doing gymnastics. #unbelievable #racist #NBC #Olympics-- RickSchell

RT @ka_Sh_mere: how #racist is #NBC … they show a monkey on the rings after Gabby wins the gold

RT @ka_Sh_mere: how #racist is #NBC … they show a monkey on the rings after Gabby wins the gold-- Reginald Denson

RT @TheTimBritton: Anybody else notice that NBC just went racist? Showing a commercial of a monkey doing gymnastics right after the medal for Gabby? #NBCFAIL

RT @TheTimBritton: Anybody else notice that NBC just went racist? Showing a commercial of a monkey doing gymnastics right after the medal for Gabby? #NBCFAIL-- j v n c x.

@gabrielledoug- NBC what was that Monkey commercial after Gabby? we are not stupid

@gabrielledoug- NBC what was that Monkey commercial after Gabby? we are not stupid-- Olivia

NBC follows interview w/ Gabby Douglas with an ad featuring a gymnast monkey. Well done, NBC.#Clap #Clap #Clap #Really

NBC follows interview w/ Gabby Douglas with an ad featuring a gymnast monkey. Well done, NBC.#Clap #Clap #Clap #Really-- Crunchy G. Hopper

So Gabby wins gold and NBC's first commercial has a monkey trying to do the rings, WTF.

So Gabby wins gold and NBC's first commercial has a monkey trying to do the rings, WTF.-- Dustin Gray

RT @ka_Sh_mere: how #racist is #NBC … they show a monkey on the rings after Gabby wins the gold

RT @ka_Sh_mere: how #racist is #NBC … they show a monkey on the rings after Gabby wins the gold-- David

RT @LlewelarkTGTY: Did anyone else notice that #NBC advertised the monkey doing the gymnastics right after Gabby took the Gold??? #petty #Olympics

RT @LlewelarkTGTY: Did anyone else notice that #NBC advertised the monkey doing the gymnastics right after Gabby took the Gold??? #petty #Olympics-- Alexandria Alston

NBC just showed an interview with Gabby Douglas and then cut right to an NBC promo commercial with a monkey doing gymnastics. WTF was that?

NBC just showed an interview with Gabby Douglas and then cut right to an NBC promo commercial with a monkey doing gymnastics. WTF was that?-- J M Sute

Gabby wins gold, Bob Costas gives a racially sensitive speech, then NBC airs an ad featuring a black skinned, gymnastics monkey #NBCfail

Gabby wins gold, Bob Costas gives a racially sensitive speech, then NBC airs an ad featuring a black skinned, gymnastics monkey #NBCfail-- Mark Lorenz

RT @LlewelarkTGTY: Did anyone else notice that #NBC advertised the monkey doing the gymnastics right after Gabby took the Gold??? #petty #Olympics

RT @LlewelarkTGTY: Did anyone else notice that #NBC advertised the monkey doing the gymnastics right after Gabby took the Gold??? #petty #Olympics-- Jo.

LMAO My bro & I just said that hahaha RT @ka_Sh_mere: how #racist is #NBC … they show a monkey on the rings after Gabby wins the gold

LMAO My bro & I just said that hahaha RT @ka_Sh_mere: how #racist is #NBC … they show a monkey on the rings after Gabby wins the gold-- Cory H

Gabby won then a commercial 4 Animal Practice w/ a black big smiling monkey doing gymnastics. I don't think NBC meant anything but its awful

Gabby won then a commercial 4 Animal Practice w/ a black big smiling monkey doing gymnastics. I don't think NBC meant anything but its awful-- Ehson Akbary

I wonder if anybody caught that tasteless,stupid subliminal message @NBC did with Gabby Douglas and tht monkey?

I wonder if anybody caught that tasteless,stupid subliminal message @NBC did with Gabby Douglas and tht monkey?-- Khi Gilkey

RT @Auntie_Claus: I'm sorry #NBC but the #AnimalPractice commercial with the monkey gymnast after #Gabby wins gold was another #NBCFAIL #Shameful

RT @Auntie_Claus: I'm sorry #NBC but the #AnimalPractice commercial with the monkey gymnast after #Gabby wins gold was another #NBCFAIL #Shameful-- Griselda Blanco

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The commercial was for NBC's upcoming sitcom Animal Kingdom.