Zhang Mengmeng, a pretty commentator on CCTV was trapped in the “bad-mouthing scandal” during her commentating of the Olympics diving competition. Zhang Mengmeng made fun of several famous foreign athletes of being either abnormal or homosexual. This incident triggered controversy on the internet. Some netizens suspected that it is because Zhang forgot to turn off the microphone while bad mouthing the athletes in a private conversation. CCTV has not yet made any comments on it.
Zhang Mengment, the commentator of diving competition on CCTV, seemed to forget to turn off the microphone during the live broadcast of Olympics Mens 3m Springboard, semi-final. And hence a lot of private conversations leaked out, including bad mouthing about single-parent family and homosexuality. Such content stirred netizens’anger.
The video, which lasted for over one minute, was probably recorded during break of the competition. Zhang Mengmeng suddenly said, “Dailey’s part could be skipped.”And she continued to say in a lower voice, “I am just kidding.” After a while, she continued, “I guess Dailey’s chance is slim. But it would be weird if he is cut out in the broadcast.” The above comments still sounded normal and the audience would understand that Zhang Mengmeng might forget to turn off the microphone.
But, even after David Boudia, the American player, appeared on the screen, Zhang Mengmeng was still chatting, “not one player is not abnormal, either from single-parent family or is you-know-what…” After Boudia’s performance, Zhang Mengmeng seemed to realize that the microphone was on along the way. And she got back to the normal narrative tone. Netizens analyzed that “single-parent” was referred to the host player, Dailey, while “you-know-what” was probably referring to Matthew Mitcham being gay. Matthew, the Australian famous diver came out of the closet this May.
This narration brought negative feedbacks from many netizens. A netizen said, “Why is single-parent abnormal? It is your voice that should be called abnormal.” Another netizen said, “there are significant differences between homosexual and abnormal… what is your IQ?!”
Netizen @信仰-roy said, “Mistakes in work could be understood and forgiven, but how could such a person, who has not the least knowledge of humanity and shows no respect towards the fundamental morality, work in CCTV? Let alone it was on an international event for the whole human race, and they are two athletes worthy of everyone’s respect, even if our friends and colleagues who have single-parent or are homosexual, would a normal person say such bad words? Abnormal? Who on earth is spiritually abnormal?”
Many a netizen asked Zhang Mengmeng to apologize for it, but Zhang Mengmeng did not say sorry, but instead, she blamed the program director for such a mistake on her Weibo. But this Weibo entry was deleted soon. On Aug 12th morning, this Weibo account deleted several entries and closed the comments.