SBS World Cup host Lucy Zelic described the violent reaction she faced for allegedly adopting a false accent during her time covering the event as "strange".
Zelic achieved his professional goal of anchoring a host country's World Cup in 2018, after SBS won the rights to the event.
After promising to stay out of social networks to stay present during his trip, it was not until after returning to Australia that he realized the scope of the reaction, with some criticizing his accent and pronunciation of names of players and countries, said . Stellar.
Lucy Zelic achieved her professional goal of funding a World Cup in the host country in 2018, after her company, SBS, won the broadcast rights to the series
Coming from a multicultural background, in which he grew up speaking Croatian, German and Italian, former students of the University of Canberra found the insults strange.
"I had to laugh because it's something that I've been doing all my career at SBS," he said.
"I did not wake up one day in Russia and I started doing it, I have not changed my way of speaking in almost 32 years.
"I came to a place where I realized that it does not matter if you're doing a good or bad job: you'll always be at the center of some kind of conversation."
Coming from a multicultural background, in which he grew up speaking Croatian, German and Italian, the alumni of the University of Canberra found the strange insults
During the coverage, his co-presenter, Craig Foster, defended the talent and tenacity of Zelic, maintaining the work that the late transmission icon Les Murray implemented during his time on the SBS.
"Having language skills, being multilingual, is something that I should be very proud of … it adds a lot to our coverage, and it's very important," said Foster.
During the coverage, his co-presenter Craig Foster defended the talent and tenacity of Zelic, maintaining the work that the icon of the late broadcast Les Murray implemented during his stay at the SBS
After promising to stay away from social networks to stay present during his trip, it was not until after his return in Australia that he realized the magnitude of the negative reaction.
"It means a lot to me first and foremost because of the legacy that He put in their place, and also because of the feeling behind it, which is that you are not saying it for anyone but the country you are covering. , Zelic replied.
"It has always been to serve the minority and respect the cultures we have in Australia."
Zelic added that she has received positive comments from viewers who told her that she was moved when she made an effort to speak her language correctly.
Despite negative attention and unwelcome comments, Zelic is still proud of her decisions and choices during coverage, and she was adamant that she would not change anything.