French journalist faces calls to be fired for racism after saying ‘they bury the Pokemons’ over images of Chinese mourning day for coronavirus deaths
- BFMTV and corporate journalist Emmanuel Lechypre are branded as ‘insensitive’
- Lechypre admitted that his comments were “totally inappropriate” amid the outrage
- He said he didn’t realize his microphone was turned on at the time
A French journalist under attack is facing calls to be fired after being accused as a racist of whispering ‘they bury the Pokemons’ while reporting mourning day in China for coronavirus victims.
BFMTV and his business journalist Emmanuel Lechypre were labeled “ shockingly insensitive ” on social media while commenting on the three-minute silence held across China.
The current news channel had to apologize after the outrage on Saturday.
So far, 3,300 have been killed after the pandemic flooded the country, according to official figures.
Lechyre also said he was sorry because he didn’t realize his microphone was turned on.
Racist: corporate reporter Emmanuel Lechypre caused outrage after whispering ‘they’re burying the Pokemons’ during a tribute to the deaths of the Chinese corona virus
Regret: Lechypre said his comments were “inappropriate” and he thought the microphone was turned off
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“I allowed myself to say something totally inappropriate because I thought the microphones were off. I’m very sorry.’
Channel boss Marc-Olivier Fogiel said his viewers are sorry, but it is uncertain what action will be taken against Lechypre.
Calls have been made on social media to have him fired, but other commentators pointed out that Pokemon are Japanese in origin.
Devastated: Leishenshan Hospital medical workers pay tribute to the martyrs who died fighting to help patients with deadly Covid-19
Tribute: Drivers can ring their horns and perceive a moment of silence on Chinese roads
In salute: A man with a face mask salutes at a ceremony at which the Chinese national flag is placed at half-mast, in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square as China, in a sign of respect for the dead
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Remembering the Martyrs: Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, Li Zhanshu, Wang Yang, Wang Huning, Zhao Leji, Han Zheng and Wang Qishan, as well as other party and state leaders stand in tacit respect
President Xi Jinping led the tribute, which brought the country to a halt, with cars, trains and ships ringing their horns and wailing air sirens.
Beijing said it was an opportunity to mourn virus martyrs – a title of honor given by the government this week to 14 medical workers who died in the outbreak – including the doctor who raised the alarm was punished for “rumored issues” “.
China was the first country to suffer from the coronavirus outbreak, which infected more than 1 million people worldwide and claimed the lives of more than 60,000 people who devastated the economy worldwide.
But the country seems to be controlling the outbreak.