Friday, June 3, 2011

Sky News anchor apologises for light-hearted racist remarks

An Australian news anchor who made a racist description of a Chinese man has apologised "unreservedly" for his remarks. On Paul Murray's Sky News show, news anchor John Mangos reported on a Chinese lottery winner who wore a mask to remain anonymous while collecting his prize.

After the story, he said: "I don't know why he bothered. I mean, I can tell you now — he's Chinese. He's got straight black hair and he's got squinty eyes and yellow skin." Murray was left speechless for a brief moment before replying: "That would be a very rough description."

Mangos has now apologised "unreservedly" for the comment. "On the Paul Murray programme I made some off-the-cuff remarks about a Chinese lottery winner," he said.

"The remarks were meant to be light-hearted and under the pressure of live TV my words were poorly chosen. In hindsight I can see they could offend and I apologise unreservedly for what I said. I am an Australian of overseas background myself and I am sorry for causing offence to anyone."

You can see the clip here.

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