He probably thought that his microphone was off or that no one would hear his whispers … The economic journalist of BFMTV, Emmanuel Lechypre, caused an outcry on social networks this Saturday. Commenting on the ceremony of tribute to the victims of
coronavirus which took place on Saturday morning in
China, he said with irony that those present, who bowed their heads as a sign of meditation, “buried
Words deemed “racist” which shocked many Internet users. The sequence went viral in a few minutes on social media. The hashtag
# Pokémon even ranked in the top 5 trending topics this morning
on Twitter, that is to say the most commented topics on the social network.
“They bury #pokemon“, amused the journalists of BFMTV during the meditation of the Chinese.
It is as racist as it is unworthy. Well done.pic.twitter.com/wVuS0XBUC2
– Sam 🛑 (@Sam_Arrive_Pas) April 4, 2020
“What a shame to make fun of other people's woes”
Many Internet users have expressed their indignation. “Shame on BFMTV for racism and the total disrespect of victims” or “What a shame to be humorous about the unhappiness of others and for a minute of silence in addition,” tweeted some Twitter users.
– Yüna: Petit Breton 56 (@breton_petit) April 4, 2020
Others even called for the resignation of the journalist, explaining that “some had already been dismissed for less than that! “
– mop_pacha (@LePaChaa) April 4, 2020
Reports to the CSA
Net surfers also indicated having carried out a report with the CSA. “Okay, I sent a CSA report regarding #BFMTV in relation to the comments on # Pokémon. Do not hesitate to do the same: https://csa.fr/Mes-services/Alertez-nous-sur-un-programme2… It was 9:17 am on the first weekend and is, in my opinion, ethical information, “tweeted a viewer.
Okay, I sent a CSA report regarding #BFMTV in relation to the comments on #Pokemon . Do not hesitate to do the same: https://t.co/iRzA8CBROF
It was at 9:17 am in the first weekend and is, in my opinion, ethical information.
– night_saryx (@night_saryx) April 4, 2020
SOS Racisme published a statement on Saturday afternoon to denounce these remarks made live and also indicated that it had seized the CSA so that it made “a punctual reminder to the chain of its obligations in terms of antenna management, which does not can be the place of expression of “racist” jokes “and so that it” acts with the news channels in order to bring them to review their incessant, approximate and fairly voyeuristic direct devices, obviously conducive to the rise of imaginations folk and racist ”.
“I sincerely apologize”
In response to the outrage on social media, the journalist Emmanuel Lechypre publicly apologized. “This morning on BFM TV I allowed myself a totally inappropriate remark during the broadcast of a tribute to the victims of the virus in China. These inappropriate comments were broadcast on air when I thought the microphones were closed. I sincerely apologize, “said the reporter.
BFMTV would like to sincerely apologize to viewers following the unintentional broadcast of utterly out of place material this morning https://t.co/WgkFM8rjbv
– BFMTV (@BFMTV) April 4, 2020
The chain also apologized to viewers, stressing the inappropriate nature of the remarks made by its journalist. BFMTV and BFM Business also said in a press release that they “took the decision to put
withdraw the journalist for a week. “