Telemundo host makes on-air racist gesture in World Cup
James Tahhan, a Venezuelan chef was caught making a racist gesture after he celebrated Mexico’s progression to the knockout stage in the World Cup.
James Tahhan, the celebrity chef and a co-presenter of Telemundo's morning show “Un Nuevo Dia” made the slant-eye gesture while on set on Wednesday. As South Korea handed a stunning 2-0 upset over defending champion Germany, the hosts on Telemundo’s morning show, we're celebrating the result.
A video has emerged showing Tahhan clad in a Mexico jersey making the outrage gesture. Another host repeated the gesture, while few others appeared to laugh. The racial incident aggravated backlash on social media.
On Thursday, Chef James Tahhan reportedly apologized for making an on-air racist gesture in World Cup via Twitter. The chef shared the guiltiness for his “lack of sensitivity”.
“During the celebration for the classification of Mexico, I made a mistake and made an inappropriate and insensitive gesture towards the Asian community,” he tweeted. James also added, “It was a lack of sensitivity on my part. I admit that I did something wrong and wanted to apologize to anyone who was offended by it”.
Tahhan’s gesture was not the first racial matter at the 2018 World Cup. During the opening game on 18th June, Mexican fans were charged for shouting anti-gay slurs while their team’s 1-0 win over Germany.
The chanting desists after Mexican players urged their fans to stop. South Koreas victory on Wednesday ensures Mexico approaches to the next round.