Chicago-based broadcaster ABC 7 has recently come under fire for "accidently" referring to the PyeongChang Olympics as the P.F. Chang Games on a graphic, referring to a national American-Chinese franchise restaurant in a live broadcast Saturday.
The spokesperson apologized for the mistake, images of which have gone viral. There was nothing wrong with his report but the graphic illustration resting behind his shoulder on the screen displayed the phrase "P.F. Chang 2018" with an incorrect Olympics logo.
The station apologized for the mistake, but P.F. Chang's took in stride, tweeting, "Contrary to this broadcast, we're not hosting the games".
As a result, there was a graphics mixup and everyone who was happily unaware that the "P.F. Chang" Olympics were a thing a sports anchor in Chicago giggles at, their bubble has been unmercifully shattered.
The goof also caught the eye of the restaurant chain. Weekend anchor Mark Rivera appeared on-air reading a series of news stories with the graphic in the right corner, the Chicago Tribune reported. The graphic displayed was said to have been originally created for a "satirical piece" by the network's sports anchor that ran earlier in the week.
Branigin went on to stress that sites like BuzzFeed put together Twitter reactions mainly featuring white Twitter users laughing about the mixup, ignoring the larger racial connotations behind the joke.